Anxiety Awareness and Mental Wellness

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We already have a topic on Anxiety, we initially chose to write about it as it’s a condition that my sister and I have noticed affected us quite significantly since our Dad became ill, and even more so since he passed away. Due to the high volume of blog visits gained after publishing it we have delved further into the topic Please see Anxiety Awareness and Mental Wellness which covers:

  1. Introduction
  2. Video’s on Anxiety Awareness
  3. Video’s on Mental Health And Wellness
  4. Illustrative examples of Anxiety Awareness
  5. Illustrative examples of Mental Wellness
  6. Anxiety Awareness
  7. Mental Wellness 
  8. Mental Health
  9. Further useful links on Anxiety Awareness
  10. Further useful links on Mental Wellness and Mental Wellbeing
  11. Our final thoughts

1. Introduction:

In a bid to create awareness on topics we note the blog has had high volumes of visits, comments, likes, shares , we have decided we will do follow on topics.

When posting topics we never know how well it might do, if it will reach anyone, how well will it be received? However, despite these thoughts, we still publish. Anxiety is a topic that had many views, and because of this, we realised it is subject we would like to investigate further. For this reason, we have researched further into the condition.

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2. Video’s on Anxiety Awareness:

2.1 The Symptoms of General Anxiety and Panic Disorder

2.2 Could You Actually Have An Anxiety Disorder?

2.3 Celebrities Share Thoughts on Anxiety & Depression

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3. Video’s on Mental Health and Wellness:

3.1 This morning on Twitter: Dr Ranj

3.2 What’s a mental health crisis? Ft. Jonny Benjamin & Dr. Ranj Singh | The Mix

3.3 Where can you go for help? Ft. Jonny Benjamin & Dr. Ranj Singh | The Mix

3.4 What Happens If I Viist The Docotr? Ft, Dr Ranj| Voice Box | Childline

3.4 Mental Health and your GP – your first visit

3.5 Will the doctor tell anyone? Ft, Jonny Benjamin & Dr. Ranj Singh | The Mix

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4. Illustrative examples of Anxiety Awareness

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5. Illustrative examples of Mental Wellness

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6. Anxiety Awareness:

6.1 Anxiety UK

Anxiety UK is a UK national registered charity formed in 1970 for those affected by anxiety disorders. It is a user-led organisation, run by sufferers and ex-sufferers of anxiety disorders. The NPS claims to be the largest national charity dealing with anxiety in the UK.

6.2 Anxiety UK – National Charity helping people with Anxiety

Become a Member of Anxiety UK. We pride ourselves on being user led, with many on our staff and volunteer team having personal experience of anxiety.

6.3 NHS Every Mind Matters | Dealing with Anxiety

“Anxiety is something everyone experiences at times, and feeling anxious is a perfectly natural reaction to some situations”.

“But sometimes feelings of anxiety can be constant, overwhelming or out of proportion to the situation and this can affect your daily life.”

“The good news is there are plenty of things you can try to help cope with anxiety.

6.4 Every Mind Matters | One You – NHS

“When stress, anxiety, low mood or poor sleep happen, Every Mind Matters could help. Take our quiz for Your Mind Plan, expert advice and practical tips”.

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7. Mental Wellness:

7.1 Mental Wellness

“Mental wellness comes from feeling balanced, connected to others and ready to meet life’s challenges. Following healthy routines can improve your self-esteem, help mental function, and make it easier for you to deal with stress. In turn, feeling mentally well can boost your motivation to stick with healthy habits”.

7.2 What is mental health wellness?

“According to the World Health Organization, mental wellness is defined as “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”

7.3 What is mental health awareness?

“Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, NAMI and the rest of the country are raising awareness of mental health. Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families”.

7.4 Every Mind Matters | One You – NHS

“When stress, anxiety, low mood or poor sleep happen, Every Mind Matters could help. Take our quiz for Your Mind Plan, expert advice and practical tips”.

7.5 Britain Get Talking | ITV Mental Wellness Initiative

“Helping Young People And Families Connect, Supported By Mind And Young Minds. As Seen On Britain’s Got Talent. Learn More About The Mental Wellness Initiative. Highlights: Skilled UK Team, Over 15 Years Of Experience”.

Britain Get Talking is an ITV Mental Wellness campaign to help families get closer. There is clear evidence that building good relationships – with family, friends and our wider community – is positive for our wellbeing. Having strong relationships means that we can share our feelings and know we’re being understood”.

7.6 Why healthy mind is important?

“A healthy body can prevent conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, and help you maintain independence as you age. Mental fitness is just as important as physical fitness, and shouldn’t be neglected. Mental fitness means keeping your brain and emotional health in tip-top shape. (29 Aug 2016)”.

7.7 How to think positive thoughts

  1. “Focus on the good things. Challenging situations and obstacles are a part of life”.
  2. “Practice gratitude”.
  3. “Keep a gratitude journal”.
  4. “Open yourself up to humor”.
  5. “Spend time with positive people”.
  6. “Practice positive self-talk”.
  7. “Identify your areas of negativity”.
  8. “Start every day on a positive note. (21 Feb 2019)”.

7.8 How can I keep my mind happy and healthy?

“To help you get your wheels turning, check out these five tips for achieving a happier and healthier mind for a longer, more fulfilling life ahead”.

“5 Tips for a Happier & Healthier Mind”

  1. “Be physically active”.
  2. “Eat your fruits and vegetables”.
  3. “Drink more water”.
  4. “Form a support network”.
  5. “Visit the doctor regularly. (6 May 2014)”

7.9 Here are 12 ways you can help maintain brain function.

  1. “Get mental stimulation”.
  2. “Get physical exercise”.
  3. “Improve your diet”.
  4. “Improve your blood pressure”.
  5. “Improve your blood sugar”.
  6. “Improve your cholesterol”.
  7. “Consider low-dose aspirin”.
  8. “Avoid tobacco”.

More items… (16 Jan 2018).

7.10 Why is mental wellness important?

“Each of us goes through stressful times in our lives, and the development of good coping skills allows us to maintain mental health in the face of sometimes overwhelming stress. Wellness involves a complete and general well-being. It’s really a balance of emotional, physical, spiritual, and mental health. (2 May 2013)”.

7.11 How do you develop a positive mindset?

“7 Practical Tips to Achieve a Positive Mindset”

  1. “Start the day with positive affirmation”.
  2. “Focus on the good things, however small”.
  3. “Find humor in bad situations”.
  4. “Turn failures into lessons”.
  5. “Transform negative self-talk into positive self-talk”.
  6. “Focus on the present”.
  7. “Find positive friends, mentors and co-workers. (28 Jun 2019)”.

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8. Mental Health:

8.1 How is mental health defined?

“Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. (5 Apr 2019)”.

8.2 What are the 5 signs of mental illness?

“Five Warning Signs of Mental Illness”

  • “Long-lasting sadness or irritability”.
  • “Extremely high and low moods”.
  • “Excessive fear, worry, or anxiety”.
  • “Social withdrawal”.
  • “Dramatic changes in eating or sleeping habits. (13 Apr 2018)”.

8.3 What is the difference between mental health and mental illness?

“’Mental health’ and ‘mental illness‘ are increasingly being used as if they mean the same thing, but they do not. Everyone has mental health, just like everyone has health.  A mental illness is an illness that affects that way people think, feel, behave, or interact with others”.

8.4 What triggers mental illness?

“What Psychological Factors Contribute to Mental Illness”?

  • “Severe psychological trauma suffered as a child, such as emotional, physical, or sexual abuse”.
  • “An important early loss, such as the loss of a parent”.
  • “Neglect”.
  • “Poor ability to relate to others. (20 May 2018)”.

8.5 How can you tell if someone is mentally ill?

“Examples of signs and symptoms include”:

  1. “Feeling sad or down”.
  2. “Confused thinking or reduced ability to concentrate”.
  3. “Excessive fears or worries, or extreme feelings of guilt”.
  4. “Extreme mood changes of highs and lows”.
  5. “Withdrawal from friends and activities”.
  6. “Significant tiredness, low energy or problems sleeping”.

More items… (8 Jun 2019).

8.6 Can mental health be cured?

“Most people diagnosed with a mental health condition can experience relief from their symptoms and live a satisfying life by actively participating in an individualized treatment plan. An effective treatment plan may include medication, psychotherapy and peer support groups”.

8.7 Can mental illness go away?

“Most mental illnesses are not developmental disabilities. Mental illnesses can start at any time. The signs of a mental illness can go away”.

8.8 How can I be mentally strong?

“Method 3 Building Mental and Emotional Strength”

  1. “Set reasonable goals and follow through with them”.
  2. “Make yourself strong against negativity”.
  3. “Use positive self-talk to build your mental and emotional strength”.
  4. “Learn to stay calm under pressure”.
  5. “Let go of the little things”.
  6. “Change your perspective”.
  7. “Have a positive outlook”.

More items… (23 Aug 2019).

8.9 How can you help a mentally ill person?

“There are some general strategies that you can use to help”:

  1. “Listen without making judgements and concentrate on their needs in that moment”.
  2. “Ask them what would help them”.
  3. “Reassure and signpost to practical information or resources”.
  4. “Avoid confrontation”.
  5. “Ask if there is someone they would like you to contact”.

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8.10 How do I heal myself mentally?

“University Health Service”

  1. “Value yourself: Treat yourself with kindness and respect, and avoid self-criticism”.
  2. “Take care of your body”
  3. “Surround yourself with good people”
  4. “Give yourself”
  5. “Learn how to deal with stress”
  6. “Quiet your mind”
  7. “Set realistic goals”
  8. “Break up the monotony”

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8.11 How can I improve my mental wellness?

“Here are 10 ingredients that can boost your mental wellness for a healthier you”.

  1. “Get at least eight hours of sleep a day”.
  2. “Eat a healthy diet”.
  3. “Keep yourself active”.
  4. “Interact with others”.
  5. “Pick up a new skill or hobby”.
  6. “Get a mental workout”.
  7. “Do something for others”.
  8. “Learn to manage stress”.

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8.12 What are the 4 types of mental illness?

“Some of the main groups of mental disorders are”:

  • “Mood disorders (such as depression or bipolar disorder)”
  • “Anxiety disorders”.
  • “Personality disorders”.
  • “Psychotic disorders (such as schizophrenia)”
  • “Eating disorders”.
  • “Trauma-related disorders (such as post-traumatic stress disorder)”
  • “Substance abuse disorder”

8.13 What are the 5 most common mental disorders?

“There are five major categories of mental illnesses”:

  • “Anxiety disorders”.
  • “Mood disorders”.
  • “Schizophrenia and psychotic disorders”.
  • “Dementia”.
  • “Eating disorders. (27 May 2015)”

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9. Further Useful Links: Anxiety Awareness:

9.1 Anxiety Awareness:

9.2 Anxiety Disorders:

9.3 Coping with Anxiety:

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10. Further useful Mental Health Wellness Links:

10.1 Mental Wellness:

10.2 Mental Health:

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11. Our Final Thoughts

Life is full of many challenges . Ups downs, highs lows. It’s so difficult to find a balance between work, life, social, time for ourselves.

It’s always easier said than done, but we need to try our best to take the time to take care of ourselves and have time for ourselves.

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