WE TALK TO ANGELA NICOL, WHO RUNS SERGEANT CALM, A BLOG AND MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCE DETAILING HER JOURNEY AND RECOVERY FROM ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION How has adventure helped you in your mental health journey? It’s important to remember the meaning of adventure in the context of mental health – an unusual, exciting or daring experience. Quite often when someone experiences mental health issues, doing or even thinking about new things can be hard. To me, adventure means many things, including getting out of my comfort zone. My biggest adventure has been giving up alcohol. It was daring and bold in a world where the majority of people drink. Although it was hard, I look at it as the proudest achievement of my life, and I see the work I did as an adventure into the heart of who I am.
Why is it important to get outside even when
you are feeling down? Our brains haven’t evolved far from when we were cave men and women living off the land. It’s important to get outside and move, to connect to the core of who we are – mammals on a planet surrounded by, and sometimes stuck in, our own man-made structures. What can you suggest when an adventure seems too overwhelming for someone? Look at everything as an adventure, even the small things. Add a swim after your gym session, or try something new like visiting an art gallery. Walk in a park you have never been to or drive to a beach you haven’t visited. Even picking a new book to read or a new podcast to listen to can be an adventure in learning!