- Head out for a walk or hike
- Do some gardening
- Do your usual workout outside
- Practice mindfulness, meditation or yoga in an open space
- Have a picnic in your local park
- Go for a bike ride
- Take time to sit quietly in your garden or another green space
Do something for others
- Help your local community – think about your skillset and consider volunteering at your local food bank, animal shelter, nursing home, library, or join a local park/beach/river clean-up.
- Check in on someone you care about – try IDONTMIND’s Just Checking In questions to try and get the conversation flowing about mental health
- Join a community gardening initiative – reap the health benefits of gardening and getting outdoors but do it for and with others as part of a group project; improving your local area or helping to nurture fruit and vegetables in a community allotment.
- Volunteer for a mental health charity – if your particular focus is giving a helping hand to charities that support people with mental health issues, then look at the wealth of rewarding opportunities with Mind, Heads Together, Anxiety UK, The Samaritans, or Msaada.
Make a difference
- Think about what you consume – supermarkets are overflowing with highly-processed foods, single-use plastic, and unsustainably-sourced produce, so make smarter choices about what you buy and even what you eat, in order to reduce waste and boost your own health.
- Support positive change – seek out companies and organisations that are actively solving environmental or social issues. Reading positive stories and seeing businesses breaking down barriers and effecting real change should also help you feel a little less despair, even if only temporarily.
- Do your bit – lend your voice to charities and groups that are battling climate change and pressuring governing bodies to make the changes needed.