The past year has been difficult for everyone. It is understandable after a year of fear and uncertainty that many of us are facing mental health challenges for the first time, and those who were struggling previously may have had these feelings amplified by the pandemic. The Mental Health Foundation reported that those who are socio-economically disadvantaged are 2-3 times more likely to suffer with their mental health. That is why at My Runway Group, we are dedicated to tackling inequality by creating opportunities, connecting communities, and supporting successful careers.

This year, for Mental Health Awareness Week (10th– 16thMay 2021) the theme is nature, which after lockdowns, many of us have become disconnected from. As we approach the warmer months, now is a perfect time to embrace the benefits of getting outside. Getting back to nature aids both physical and mental health, so we have put together some tips below for incorporating nature into your life:

  • Visit botanical gardens or nature reserves for a day out
  • Ask a friend or family member to take their dog for a walk if you don’t have a pet of your own
  • Rent a bike and seek out scenic routes
  • Book a staycation in the countryside
  • Arrange a picnic with a friend
  • Add plants to your home

During times when you feel low, stressed, or overwhelmed, the smallest of tasks can require (what feels like) the equivalent mental determination needed to climb a mountain. By utilising the above tips to embrace nature, you can help to reduce your stress levels whilst building preventative tools for maintaining a positive mental state.

My Runway Group are honouring Mental Health Awareness week by promoting inspirational accounts, self-care tips and supportive charities on our Instagram @myrunwaygroup as well as selling positive affirmation cards in store on Carnaby Street, where we are holding a takeover with Peniel – A Ghanaian illustrator tackling taboo issues through her inspiring work.

If you are struggling with your mental health, or care for someone who is, please remember you are not alone. It can feel as physically draining as it is emotionally draining but it’s important to build consistent routines and healthy practices whilst winning this battle. This can include switching off from social media to avoid consuming negative content, getting regular exercise, staying hydrated and managing the expectations of others by communicating your abilities and limitations. There are amazing charities which can provide support to both you and your loved ones including: MIND, BLAM UK, Celutions, and YoungMinds. Our advice to you is ensure you are seeking help if you’re struggling. Everyone deserves to live a happy, fulfilling life and no matter how difficult things seem, you can overcome adversities with the right help and consistent healthy habits. Remember, the biggest changes often occur in the smallest of steps.