Life is tough, but so are you!

#BeKindToYourMind is Mind Your Head's monthly information and resource feature of people who understand the importance of looking after their mental health and wellbeing. We hope that their stories inspire you to make positive changes in your self-care practise. Because, despite what the voices in your head say, you are worth it and you matter!

For our first ever #BeKindToYourMind feature, Mind Your Head teams up with Shetland Resolve's Diane Taylor to bring you this short guided relaxation to help clear your festive stress.

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We all have mental health, and what we do makes a difference. We need to build a popular culture of looking after our minds, just like we look after our bodies. So, if you can look after your body by going to the gym or eating an apple, what’s the equivalent of a 5-a-day for your mind?

We asked Diane and this is what she said:

  1. Move my body
    Whether it's out walking the dogs, riding one of my horses, getting to pilates, the gym or just doing a bit of simple stretching.
  2. Have some me time
    This might double up with moving my body or it might just be resting and enjoying a quiet cuppa (often with a dog or two on my lap).
  3. Pay attention to the many blessings in my life
    Especially on days that aren't going so well. There quite literally is always something to be grateful for if we look. Petting my dogs or horses instantly fills me with joy and gratitude, or sometimes it might just be noticing a beautiful sky, a bird, a flower.
  4. Do something to help another
    The vocation I've chosen is very much about this but I receive more in return than I give to others. I truly believe that in contributing beyond ourselves it gives us the deep and meaningful connection we need with others, our community and life as whole.
  5. Learn something new
    It might be something of little consequence or something that will have a much more significant effect on how you understand and navigate the world around you but it is always good to be open and curious and to know that there are things you don't know yet! I try to read one or two interesting articles each day.

Diane is an experienced, fully qualified, registered and insured Stress Management Consultant, Motivational Coach, Advanced Hypnotherapist and Master Practitioner of NLP.

She has in a range of management positions over the past 25 years and her greatest interest has always been in people, their welfare, their personal/career development, and team motivation. This keen interest in managing people and in workplace coaching led to her decision to gain a diploma in Motivational Coaching, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Hypnotherapy with EFT.

Learn more about Diane and Shetland Resolve here.

If you are a mental health and wellbeing champion who would like to share your ideas with us (and the world!), please send an email to [email protected] with Be Kind to Your Mind Feature as the subject.

Clear Your Festive Stress

featuring Diane Taylor of Shetland Resolve