STYLING A HEALTHY MIND
Its mental health week here in Australia and it’s also World Mental Health Day on October 10 so I thought it would be a good time to share some simple, inexpensive ways to help make ones immediate surroundings feel better and nicer. I do think the little things in life are important and can make a difference to our general wellbeing – a holistic approach to our health really does go a long way to making us all feel more rounded, happy and connected. And who here knew that styling could also be a part of this?? Mental Health does affect us all on some level (I share my brief family story below) and I do think it’s a normal part of life and a good thing for us all to be talking about. Conversation, has the power to evoke tolerance and understanding – our society can chat more about this topic and I know it would help make a difference to the stigma surrounding the health of our minds.
My mum was diagnosed with the late onset of Bipolar – over the years our family has experienced many ups, downs and uncertainties. The hardest struggle we found was getting the right help for her – it literally took years and years of searching! Thankfully she has been relatively well for a good few years now and I think we all feel very lucky to enjoy her being peaceful within her thoughts and doing well. My mum is very special because she managed to raise two children on her own and for the most part my brother and I were clueless about her struggles. My childhood always felt, well… my kind of normal and looking back I will always feel as though I’ve lived a very blessed life! I remember being shocked at her diagnosis in perhaps a very narrow minded way – I was petrified that I would lose my mother as I knew her. I initially did not want to believe it and I tried to find other doctors who would disagree with her condition – in hindsight just getting her some genuine, mental health help would have been such a better place to start. Just so you know, there were times when I lost my mum as I knew her but even in the midst of her being very unwell, she still managed to be my gorgeous mother when I really needed her most and she did eventually get better :-).
So, as promised here are six simple ways to make your immediate environment feel happier/ better;
- Buy or forage (yes I mean pinch) some flowers for your coffee table – flowers are beautiful and are a good reminder of the ebb and flow of life.
- Put a lovely plant beside your bed – nature /plants will make you feel calm and they also help you breath more easily too.
- Make a little something for your home – maybe try one of my tutorials found here.
- Colour code your bookshelf
- DE clutter and simplify one small area at a time – then you must celebrate your achievement.
- Choose a feature wall / area in your home and make a vignette using items that remind you of love and hope.
Maybe you too have some creative ideas to add to this list? Please feel free to share. Lastly, if you or someone you know does need a little help or someone to talk to, be brave and call for help – I always found the Beyond Blue Website a reliable place to start.