More and more, mental health is being spoken about on the news, in the media and during our everyday conversations. With the past year reducing our contact with people outside our work settings, especially loved ones, and living with restrictions and rules that have kept us in a constant state of abnormality, it’s no wonder the country’s mental health is suffering. So why not take steps to ensure that you’re in the best headspace you can be, for the sake of both you and your early years class?
To start with, get outside. It doesn’t need to be anything strenuous like a 4-hour hike – it could just be a stroll around the block on a Sunday afternoon. When it’s difficult to go anywhere because of restrictions, we can easily end up staring at the same four walls on our days off. This can lead to boredom, anxiety and generally feeling rubbish. Even a short walk gives you a change of scenery, some fresh air and maybe just an excuse for a hot chocolate to warm you up from the cold! Take your headphones and listen to a podcast or some music – it’s a guaranteed mood-lifter.
Putting aside time for just you is another great way to feel happier. Depending on your situation, you may spend all day taking care of your Early Years and then come home to take care of a family, so it’s easy to forget to look after yourself. The phrase ‘self-care’ is used a lot, but it doesn’t just refer to bubble baths and face masks. Think about what you find enjoyable and stress-relieving. Whether it’s cooking, gardening, video games, reality tv or crafts, make sure you regularly set aside time for yourself to de-stress and recharge.
There is also a plethora of mindfulness and meditation apps you can download to help calm anxiety, focus on positivity and soothe you to sleep. Most of them come with free trials so shop around to find what works for you! Luckily, TNL have listed our Top 5 Mental Health Apps to give you a head start on where to look first.