Mini Break : Much Needed!

Mini Break : Much Needed!

Have you seen that meme that has been floating around social media? “I’m not an early bird or a night owl, I’m a sort of permanently exhausted pigeon”? That’s me. I am that pigeon. I have been a freelance copywriter for over twelve years so you’d think by now that I’d be used to the crazy November/December workload. I’m not. This year has been busier than ever and I’m seriously considering taking a short family mini break in the new year.

Adulting leaves many of us feeling a little frazzled at this time of the year and seeing as I am such a keen advocate for self care, it’s probably about time that I start practising what I preach.

We already have a holiday away booked for the summertime, we’re heading up to the Highlands which are my favourite place, Moray especially, along the coastline. If not a January mini break break, an Easter getaway would be a great idea and give us all something to look forward to.

We’ve talked about a short break, Roy and I and a few different options have been on the table. Wales, a cosy cabin, walks, mountains, lakes and a roaring fire for one. Somewhere more action-packed for the boys would definitely go down well.

To be honest though, in my current shall we say slightly tired state, I’m dreaming of something more upmarket. Something a little exclusive, something like a break on a Scenic River Cruises vessel. Seriously, if you haven’t looked up river cruises before, now is the time. It’s like being in the world’s most exclusive hotel, only it is floating and you are able to take in the sights and sounds of some of the most beautiful European cities as you go. This sounds perfect for me. I’m not sure that this would be something I’d class as a family holiday but would be perfect for Roy and I to recharge our batteries.

I’m not sure a mini break that involves a tent or a waterpark is quite what I’m craving right now. What about you? If you could go anywhere and do anything during a minibreak, where would you go and what would you choose?

While you think that over, I’ll be over here, browsing European destinations and wondering how much I’d need to bribe my sister to babysit for a long weekend….. 

Mental Health Issues and Support

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Mental health issues may affect anyone, at any age, gender or location. Depression, anxiety, stress and numerous other mental health concerns don’t discriminate. They don’t care whether you earn £50k a year or struggle to make ends meet. They arrive uninvited and rarely listen to hints about it being time to move on. This is why mental health awareness and support is so important.

The list of mental health conditions that the healthcare community are aware of and may diagnose is vast. Thankfully there are a number of ways to help combat mental health issues.

IMPORTANT
If you are struggling with your mental health please see your GP or healthcare provider in the first instance. The following are all great examples of ways to look after yourself and to deal with any issues you may have and may even be suggested by your GP after assessment. These are not meant to be a substitute for medical care though.

Prioritise Self Care

Self-care is something I have written about several times in the past, from taking time out for yourself to employing meditation and mindfulness in your everyday life. Self-care can go a long way to helping to lessen anxiety, stress and more. Go for a walk, call a friend, have a down day, go for a swim, light candles and binge-watch something. Life can be tiring. It is ok to take time out to reboot, to rest and to find some balance.

Stay Active

Exercise is known to improve confidence, self-esteem and offer physical benefits too from helping you sleep to encouraging clarity of thought. You don’t need to join a gym or a class. Walk around the garden or around the block. Get some fresh air at lunchtime. Consider yoga or pilates from home if not at a local class. Physical activity can go a long way towards helping you destress, for example.

In The Moment Help

Sometimes you need more immediate help. If, for example, you struggle with anxiety, have a grab bag, something you can get hold of easily with items which help you. A notebook, a drink, a squeezy ball, a paper bag, essential oils; any tools that help you keep calm, stave off a panic attack and give you back a little control. There are phone apps aimed towards meditation and even talking you through a sudden moment of upset and panic. Having something there and present, either to calm you down or uplift you, can be a great way to help manage some of the symptoms of mental health issues.

Talk to Someone

Your GP should be your first port of call if you are struggling with mental health issues. That doesn’t mean that you can’t or shouldn’t speak to someone else in the meantime or at any point. Speak to a trusted friend or family member, consider online therapy, ask about local support groups or consider anyone you might feel comfortable speaking to about where you are at and how you are feeling. Mental health concerns are nothing to be embarrassed about. They are more common than you might suppose and don’t have the stigma attached that you once did.

Everyone is Different

When it comes to stress, anxiety, depression and/or any other mental health conditions we all feel differently, react differently and require different levels of support. What might work for one person may not work for another. For this reason, communicating with your health team is important as they will be able to help you work out what you need and ensure that it is available to you.

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