Take the Body Positive 30 Day Mental Wellness Challenge
Daily tips to help improve your mental wellbeing
The latest report from the annual UK Youth Index calls 16 to 25-year-olds the unhappiest generation for a decade, revealing that almost two-thirds (61%) regularly feel stressed, more than a quarter (27%) feel “hopeless”, while around half (47%) have experienced a mental health problem.
Even if you don’t have anxiety, depression or a diagnosed mental illness, better sleep and less stress is good for your overall health and well-being.
With this in mind, we've put together a 30 Day Mental Wellness Challenge for anyone who wants to improve their wellbeing. The challenge takes place over 5 weeks and will be led by Dr Zoe Williams (who you might recognise from ITV's This Morning and BBC's Trust me I'm a Doctor) with Gina Martin taking the daily challenges Dr Zoe will be setting. Gina is the young writer-turned-activist who led a successful campaign to make upskirt photos illegal after she became a victim to the offence at a music festival.
Having spent most of 2018 embroiled in the campaign and with an equally busy 2019 ahead, we follow Gina as she checks in with herself for some “me time”.
Gina will be doing daily challenges to help with her mental wellness and we'll be showing you ALL of her experiences on our Instagram. We'll also have Dr Zoe sharing tips and advice on how to improve our mental wellness.
Week One - Connect
This week, the focus of the challenges is "connect" - and by this we mean actual human interaction. Evidence shows that good relationships – with family, friends and our wider communities – are important for our mental wellbeing. Building stronger, wider social connections can help us feel happier and more secure, and give us a greater sense of purpose. As Dr Zoe says, "We're social animals and we don't thrive when we're lonely and isolated."
"We're social animals and we don't thrive when we're lonely and isolated."Dr Zoe
Week Two - Be Active
Being active is great for your physical health and fitness, and evidence shows it can also improve your mental wellbeing.We think that the mind and body are separate. But what you do with your body can have a powerful effect on your mental wellbeing.
Week Three - Keep Learning
Learning new skills can be useful, but research shows it can also improve our mental wellbeing. It doesn't have to mean getting more qualifications. There are lots of different ways to bring learning into your life.
Week Four - Give to Others
Most people would agree that giving to others is a good thing. But it can also do a lot of good for your own mental wellbeing. Small acts of kindness towards other people, or larger ones like volunteering in your local community, can give you a sense of purpose.
Week Five - Be Mindful
It can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice much. Paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you – can improve your mental wellbeing.
How do I take part in the challenge?
Follow us on Instagram @bbcbodypositive for daily tips and to take part and follow the journey.
If you’ve been affected by a mental health issue, help and support is available via the BBC Action Line
For more information on better mental wellness from Public Health England head over here