Your First Step is Always The Hardest
I know just how difficult it is to get started on your road to recovery, so I have created some badges you can collect and display in our closed Facebook Group or on your profile to keep track on just how well you’re doing and get encouragement from other members. Once you’ve achieved the goal all you need to do is copy and paste the badge.
Eat Well Badge
It’s easy when your not feeling too good to eat fast-food or pop something in the microwave, to achieve this badge you need to eat healthy for four weeks.
Support Group Badge
Everybody knows that a problem shared is a problem halved and that it is good to talk, to win this Badge you need to attend a support group at least once a month.
Limit Alcohol Badge
When we are feeling down it’s easy to find ways to make ourselves feel better, unfortunately alcohol is not one of them, it actually makes us feel worse and can be seriously damaging to our health. To achieve this badge we need to reduce our alcohol intake over four week period, if you are addicted to alcohol please speak to your GP before starting to reduce.
Dance Party Badge
Starting a fitness program will have a positive affect on our mental-health, however that’s easier said than done when you’re feeling really down, you can win the dance party badge by starting the day with a little happy dance, get up in the morning turn the music on and have a little dance do this twice a week for a month and win this badge.
When we are feeling low or overwhelmed by anxiety it’s hard to stop the negative thought patterns, being creative is a positive way of taking our mind off our negative thoughts, it can be anything that you like doing, adult colouring books, knitting, drawing or painting it doesn’t really matter as long as you enjoy doing it, and it works as an distraction from the negative thoughts. Do this everytime you feel down or anxious for a month to achieve this award.
Clean up Badge
This is one of the hardest tasks I had to do when I was feeling down, but it had the most positive effect on me when it was complete and it made me feel so much better. Don’t try to do everything at once, do about five minutes cleaning a day for a week and before you know it your home will be clean and you will have another badge and be well on your way to recovery.
This doesn’t mean climb mountains like our little friend on the badge, this just means get active for more than 20 minutes a day for the next four weeks and you have done it, you have won another badge.
Tea For 2 Badge
To win this badge go around to see a friend or invite one over for tea or coffee and a chat. You need to do this twice in one month if you can’t find anybody pop along to see us at Anxious Minds and I will put the kettle on.
Sparkly Clean Badge
I’m still trying to win this badge, you have to shower every day for 30 days
To win this badge you will need to walk for 30 minutes, three times a week for four weeks.
Use The Pause Button Badge
When we are anxious or feeling down we can be quick to lose our temper or say something to upset others. It is important to remember that others may not understand how we feel. If you find yourself losing your temper, take a deep breathe, move away and PAUSE before you speak. Try this next time it happens to win this badge.
Go Outside Badge
It is amazing how nature can change the way we feel. Find a park or a piece of grass and ground yourself by sitting under a tree. Try this once and you will win this badge.
30 Minute Mindfulness Badge
There is so much information about the benefits of mindfulness and there are lots of free mindfulness session on this website. Try it for 30 minutes once a week for the next four weeks to win this badge.
Good Night Sleep Badge
It is important to sleep well at night we need to get a least 6 – 8 hours sleep per night. Clear your bedroom of all distractions including T.V’s, radios, mobile phone and tablets to achieve this badge.
Daily Life Badge
When we are suffering with anxiety or stress it tends to take over our lives and it can be our main focus of conversation. Try and go a whole day without talking about your mental health issue. Do this twice in a month to win this badge.
Visualization is an excellent tool when we are feeling anxious or finding it hard to sleep, just close your eyes and picture a special place. It can be a seaside view, favourite spot or a place you feel happy. Take a deep breath and slow your breathing down. Give this a try at least once to win this badge.
Smile Therapy Badge
Smiling makes everybody feel better and it is FREE, so lets try this for a day. Smile at people that you meet and notice how many smile back. Smiling releases the bodies natural ‘feel good’ hormones and can be infectious.
When we are anxious or stressed we tend to take shorter breathes. It is important that we practise our breathing which will calm us down and make us feel better. Try the breathing excerices at least once (on our website) to win this badge.
It is important that we learn to unplug from modern day life and technology. Take a postive step by switching off all your electrical equipment for at least an hour every day and have some ‘self’ time. Do this once a day for a month to win this badge.