Help AEW to celebrate Mental Health Awareness
Despite the end of Lockdown and a confirmed plan to exit COVID restrictions there is still a need for us all to look after our mental health. There has never been a greater need to make contact with other people and one of the best ways to meet new people with similar interests is to join a course.
AEW is challenging you to have a conversation with us about connecting with learning. Something as small as a chat about what your future could hold can make all the difference. Talking about mental health, acknowledging your need to make a change and asking for help doesn’t have to be awkward.
Why not check out our Like Minds courses, they are devoted to helping improve your mental health, providing you with an opportunity to reconnect with others in a similar situation.
Hannah Kelly started her learning journey with Adult Education on the Like minds course and has since gone on to start her own small creative business. Hannah says “it gave me a safe space where others who struggled with anxiety and other medical issues could support each and learn from one another.”
Other useful hints and tips to improve your mental health include:
- Staying in touch with friends and family that you trust is important when you are cut off from the rest of the world. Stay connected to friends and family through social media platforms and phone calls.
- It is normal to feel worried or scared but it helps to talk about our concerns. If you cannot speak to someone you know, speak to your teachers or colleagues or click on the links below for organisations that can help.
- Supporting others can sometimes bring a sense of achievement. There are many local community groups and organisations that need volunteers. Follow the links below to find out more.
- It may be the last thing on your mind right now but ensuring you look after your body and moving more is essential to helping you feel good and provide a sense of wellbeing. Try and eat a well-balanced diet, drink enough water and exercise regularly. There are a number of short and free online workouts available to choose from if you need that extra push.
- Try and stay on top of your feelings and if things get too much talk to a friend, organisation or try to focus on the things you have control over. Why not start a new hobby such as knitting, reading, walking or learn something new. Check out our website aes.wolverhampton.gov.uk for more learning ideas.
- Make sure you keep to a good sleep routine. Limit screen time before bed, make sure you don’t have any caffeine and create a restful environment.
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