October is Mental Health Month which is a good reminder for all of us to pay attention to our own wellbeing and check in with those around us.
Social connections are closely tied to our physical and mental wellbeing. Having someone to talk to and support you is important. In other words, social connections, interactions and networks matter.
Looking after yourself
We all benefit from self-care activities and actions in different ways. It’s important to make time for activities you enjoy and that help you to relax. Make sure you manage your stress levels and find healthy stress-busters like walking, yoga or meditation. Take time out to stroll on the beach, read a book, buy some flowers or enjoy a cup of coffee with your favourite Redzed cookie.
Self-care also includes surrounding yourself with the right people. Spend time with family and friends who make you feel good about yourself. This is especially important during challenging times. Learn to recognise when you need help from others and ask for support. Reach out to friends, family, your doctor, a psychologist or another health professional. Services like Beyond Blue also provide support and advice for anyone in need.
Looking out for others
In our busy lives with lots of distractions it’s easy to feel disconnected or lose touch with some of the people in our lives. We can all make a difference by reaching our to someone we know and just letting them know we care. A simple gesture goes a long way.
Leave a note for someone you love or surprise a colleague with a cup of coffee. Pick up the phone and call a friend or family member. Invite someone to go for a walk or run at your local park. Offer to cook for someone special or pick up takeaway and invite yourself over. Aim to impress and send a Redzed Cookie Box to brighten someone’s day.
The bottom line is that it’s not what you do that is important but the fact that you are connecting with the people around you. Check in with someone today and make a difference.