We are all in this together. We are staying home to protect the NHS and save lives. It’s a simple request but it may be hard for some to stay active, healthy, and just mentally okay. So I’ve created 12 days of original illustrations featuring ‘Kit’ the dog, to give you the #couragetostayhome.
Connecting with others enriches our mental wellbeing. That interaction leads to strong social connections and relationships, which increases our feelings of happiness and self-worth. So continuing to stay connected during this time is important to improving our mental health.
So jump right in; Skype with your grandparents. Video chat with your best friend. Mix up your video calls, texts, and chats with your loved ones depending on how you’re feeling and what you need.
If you need a weekly routine to secure those feelings of normality during the lockdown then schedule a weekly coffee date with your favourite people. If you want to engage your brain and socialise at the same time then host a weekly online pub quiz. You could even suggest a donation entry fee for the pub quiz to go for your favourite charity!
Creating art or picking up an old hobby has a positive effect on our brains and emotions. It reduces stress, helps us process feelings, decreases anxiety, and strengthens self-esteem.
One way I like to use my creative bug is by creating vision and style boards. It helps me gain great clarity in my home and work life. You can do the same too! Use your board as a starting point on how you wish to declutter your wardrobe, change your work skills or rearrange your garden layout.
For the rest of my Kit illustrations and top tips, check out my Instagram. Feel free to follow, like and comment.
Let me know what you are doing to boost your mental health and what you think of Kit. I hope Kit helps you achieve what his name means, shining “rays of hope” into your life.
Stay safe and keep well.