Value your rest and sleep time
people did not look at their own faces a fraction of the amount of times a day as the teenagers of today.
‘Adults too are always tuned into the phone,’ said Kirsty. ‘15 years ago, going for a walk was going for a walk, without the interruptions. We’re plugged in all the time and we have to limit the amount of screen time we have. It does stuff to the brain.’ This includes interrupting our sleep patterns, and not giving ourselves a chance to rest.
Giving the mind a rest is the basis of ‘mindfulness’. While this has become a buzzword in recent times, it’s simply living in the present.
‘Sleep is a really core thing,’ said Kirsty. ‘If you have an uninterrupted night’s sleep it’s a wonderful gift to give yourself. Usually if someone is anxious or stressed and not sleeping well, we try to get their day to night habits back to normal.’
This includes a bedtime routine. ‘ Turn off the TV, turn off your phone. Have a bath. Doe something nice. Relax the mind, put some music on. Lie on the bed and do a body scan. That’s self care, it’s looking after yourself,’ said Kirsty.
‘It’s not magic. It’s small adjustments to really positively impact your mental health.’