Mental Health Awareness Week 2021: Exercise, laugh and be free!
This year’s #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek #ConnectWithNature has given us an opportunity to take time and consider the world around us and what nature means to our mental health and overall wellbeing. In her blog, Georgina describes how going for walks helps her to cope with daily anxiety.
“This time last year my mind was in a bad place!
A diagnosis of PTSD from past trauma, a referral for counselling, consisting of EMDR therapy and 20 sessions later, my mental health is 80% perfect! But what is perfect? We all have to look after our mental health!
I suffer from anxiety on a daily basis and feel overwhelmed when I can’t keep on top of things. People that I speak to think I am confident, happy and healthy, which on face value is the truth. However, what we are dealing with inside our heads, does not always reflect what people see on the surface.
The worst thing for me is being trapped indoors, so I take every opportunity to go for walks, by the beach, along the cliffs or into the countryside.
I take photographs on my phone and post them to the ‘I Love Folkestone’ group site on Facebook, for everyone to enjoy.
When I walk, it is good for my physical health and being connected with nature, makes me feel free, it reduces the anxiety and pressures of everyday life.
Exercise, laugh and be free!”