Care for your Mental Health

World Mental Health Day is recognised on the 10th of October every year. The day kicks of Mental Health Week where we are encouraged to open positive conversations about mental health so that those in need feel encouraged to find support without fear of stigma or judgement. Mental Health Month is observed every October to help us all tune in and recognise what’s going in our lives and the lives of others.

This year, a global health pandemic has changed the lives of people in Australia and around the world. The events of 2020 have shown us that caring for our mental health and wellbeing is a priority.

At Afford, we support individuals with disability to adapt to change and routines. Our staff support individuals of all abilities to find meaningful activities and programs to help cope with the ‘new normal’ we all face.

To help you care for you mental health, here are tips from Australian Government Department of Health and various other organisations:

  • Stay Active – Exercise promotes the release of chemicals in your brain, such as endorphins and serotonin that make you feel good. A walk, swim, run, dancing or any exercise that you enjoy is good for wellbeing. See these tips from Beyond Blue to exercise your way to good mental health.
  • Eat Well –  The food that we put into our bodies can affect our mood, energy levels and overall health. Talk to you GP about a healthy, balanced diet that it right for you. Healthy WA has tips for healthy eating habits.
  • Get a Good Night’s Sleep – Sleep helps our bodies rest and recharge. If you’re finding it difficult to sleep, Head to Health can give you some tips.
  • Stay Connected – Stay connected with friends and family via phone calls, video chats, online groups or chat with neighbours. Review health guidelines and restrictions before visiting households and community areas in person.
  • Develop New Routines – Developing routines will help you and others around you prepare and cope. Make time for a walk, a call with a friend or make leaving work on time one of your goals to achieve the right work/life balance.
  • Reach Out to Others – Reaching out to someone else who needs support can help your mental wellbeing and also make a big impact to someone else’s life.
  • Take Breaks for Yourself – Take a break from the everyday routines. Meditation is good for mindfulness. Healthy WA has provided a list of a activities to help you improve your mood.
  • Seek Support – Help is there for you. Reach out to your GP, a qualified counsellor, or contact:

Afford is an Australian not-for-profit disability provider that has supported individuals living with disability for 69 years. Our supports help individuals of all abilities achieve their goals for home, work and life under the NDIS. We provide group and one-to-one person-centred supports, as well as carer support.

Reach out to Afford to support yours or your loved one’s health and wellbeing needs. We care.

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