Saturday the 10th of October was World Mental Health day and it got me thinking about my mental health and what I do to keep healthy. In this post, I’ll give you the rundown of what I do to try improve my mental health whilst in Sheffield.
Parks, parks and more parks.
I’ve said it before and i’ll say it again. Go to the park! Sheffield has over 80 public parks and taking a stroll, reading a book or having a picnic with friends can do wonders for your mental health. For me, I love going on walks with my boyfriend or on my own. Putting on some music and wandering around a beautiful park really helps to clear my head. My favourite is probably Weston Park or Crookes Valley Park as the water features at both provide some peace of mind.
Whether you go for a run or take part in team sports, exercise is essential for good mental health. I play Ultimate Frisbee and it’s probably the only time my mind is fully clear from other thoughts. That, accompanied by seeing some of my best friends makes it a really great breather from work. If there’s no training I like to run around Crookes Valley Park or go for a walk in the Peaks.
Stressed? Bake a cake. Sad? Brownies should do the trick. Tired? Cookie dough all the way.
In my family I am the resident baker and it’s because I’ll take any opportunity to bake a cake. It really helps me to focus on doing something for my loved ones. Plus, you get to eat something (hopefully) delicious after. Every week, I meet my friends to watch Bake Off and this weekly ritual has also become a lovely bit of relaxation in between uni madness.
Watching a film
I think that films are much better escapism than TV because you can sit in the dark for a few hours and become really immersed in a story. Recently, I watched Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy and it was great to have a few hours every night to focus on something entirely different from my world.
I say this very loosely since I am not a veteran ‘yogi’. Occasionally I follow along a yoga lesson on youtube from the likes of Yoga with Adrienne and I find it really helps my mental health. Especially the mindfulness part at the end where you lie on your back and let thoughts pass. It reminds me how important it is to breathe, take stock of what is happening around you but to not absorb everything as if it were the most important thing in the world.
I sincerely hope that these tips might help if only one person who is struggling with their mental health. On that note, if you are struggling here are some resources offered by the University.
Register here for SAMHS: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/mental-wellbeing/registration
– Yzzy (Fourth Year English Literature and Hispanic Studies)