Time to Talk Day takes place on Thursday 3 February, and we want you to get involved!
Talking about mental health has the power to change lives. Each conversation contributes to reducing stigma, helping to create communities where we can talk openly about mental health and feel empowered to seek help when we need it.
Start a new week with our one-hour online Mind and Body Mindfulness workshop with Karen on Monday morning at 10am.
Meditating has a number of proven mental health benefits. It can help lower levels of stress and anxiety, provide better focus and concentration and also help improve self-awareness. There are physical benefits too, including helping improve sleep patterns.
Our first Wellbeing Walk of the new year is on Friday, 21 January, 10.30am-12.30pm. This is the Duke of Northumberland's River Walk and we are meeting at Kneller Gardens, Meadway, Twickenham TW2 6PH. For more information please contact: [email protected]
We are taking part in a free webinar by ADHD Embrace on Tuesday, 18 January, 8pm, in which you can find out about disability, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and mental health support available to Richmond Borough residents.
The webinar will include presentations from ADHD Embrace, Richmond Parent Carer Forum and RB Mind on the types of support parents and carers can access. You can book your place here: tinyurl.com/2p9em2d4
It has been announced that London's Tower Bridge will be the stunning new finish line for the 2022 Ride London on Sunday 29 May. From Victoria Embankment, the route will head out into the Essex countryside for a 65-mile loop before returning to the capital for the spectacular finish at Tower Bridge.
So if you're a demon peddler, sign up for this fantastic challenge and fundraise for RB Mind at the same time here: rbmind.org/challenge22
If you are considering taking up a new hobby in the new year, how about arts and crafts? Our Crafty Minds group meets every Wednesday, 1-2.30pm, at the Vineyard Community Café. For more details please contact: [email protected] or 020 8948 7652.
If you are not setting goals, try to take some time for yourself in small ways, get some rest and recharge your social batteries, drink more water - these things are just as valuable to us as creating new year’s resolutions!
Let’s try to take the pressure off, let ourselves off the hook a little more, be more honest, compassionate and true to ourselves, our families and our friends. We don’t have to be fine all the time. This year, our resolution could be not to make any resolutions but to take good care of ourselves.
January comes with this ‘new year, new me’ idea and this creates more pressure, but let’s face it the novelty can wear off after a few days or weeks.
If you find setting goals or resolutions helpful, instead of setting an unrealistic goal or target in the new year, break things down and perhaps set a target for each day instead. This way you can manage your expectations and you’re more likely to achieve each goal - sometimes small steps are better.