Have you ever been in a situation where you found yourself at a loss not knowing how to help someone overcome their emotional struggles? While there has been a growing awareness on mental health issues in recent years, there is still so much more we can do to help those around us. As we commemorated World Mental Health Day a month ago, it was a timely reminder for us to think about the significance and meaning this day entails. There is something all of us can do to support that family member, friend or colleague who is fighting their very own mental battles.
1. Lend a listening ear
Sometimes, the best form of support we can give to those around us is to offer a listening ear. Simply being there to hear your friend tell you about his/her problems is more than comforting. As the saying goes, ‘friends are like free therapy’. You don’t have to rush into giving solutions or advice all the time. Instead, validate how they are feeling and assure them that you will always be there to support them no matter what comes their way. Having said that, never underestimate the power of seeking professional help when the need arises. Recommend therapy to a loved one if you notice a vast difference in their behaviour; at times it’s the best way to combat the situation at hand.
2. Indulge in a therapeutic hobby
One of the hobbies that has proven mental health benefits is flower arrangement. They are known to have a calming effect on our bodies, which helps us to be more relaxed and less stressed out. While challenging your mind to think creatively to design your very own craft kit, floral arrangements can help to make a positive impact by uplifting moods and bonding with your loved ones. Invite your friend to participate in an activity together and help take their mind off their worries.
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3. Exchange positive words of love and encouragement
Sometimes, especially when undergoing a difficult period in our life, all we wish for is moral support and comforting words of love and encouragement from our dear ones who genuinely care about our well-being. Similarly, surrounding yourself with uplifting quotes and messages in a bed of beautiful blooms bring about positive vibes that will create a much better mood throughout the day. Be kind to others just as you would like others to be kind to you.
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4. Show Yourself Some Self-Love
While taking care of the mental health of others, don’t forget to care for your own personal well-being too. Take time out of your busy schedules for some relaxation. Here are some useful habits you can consider building:
- Eat Well, Be Well
Never underestimate the importance of food to your body. Remember to eat regularly and don’t skip your meals. Nourish your body and soul with healthy food to give yourself energy to get through your daily activities.
- Sleep Early
After a long and hectic day, you definitely deserve a good night’s rest. Give yourself sufficient time to rest so that you will feel recharged and energised to tackle your days ahead.
5. Keep your Physical Health in Check
Set aside some time for exercise every week. Find an activity or particular exercise that you enjoy and you will find it easy to get into the routine of exercising regularly. Your mind will surely be refreshed after sweating it out with a good workout. While exercising, don’t forget to listen to some music from your favourite playlists with our Bluetooth Speakers. Music can help to motivate you to exercise or provide you with some peace and calm as you meditate.
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6. Send a Meaningful Gift to Brighten One’s Day
One of the most classic gifts you can present to your loved ones, who may be feeling down, is flowers. Flowers are widely known to have many mental health benefits to us. A New York study on flowers found that flowers have a positive effect on the recipient’s emotions. Another study conducted by Japanese researchers found that the exposure to flowers helps to reduce our stress levels and anxiety. With so many benefits to our mental health and personal well-being, flowers make the perfect gift for us to give to our friends and family who are feeling stressed out.
At BloomBack, we are a big advocate of mental health and wellness. In fact, BloomBack started on the belief that flowers have healing abilities. Out of the 17 UN Global Sustainability Goals, we fulfil 4, one of them being ‘good health and well being’. This is a driving factor that led us to designing floral products to spread the important message across the community that mental health is just as important as physical health.
To help you spread love and hope, we offer a wide range of beautiful preserved flower arrangements for you to choose from, lovingly handcrafted by our floral artisans from marginalised communities. Simply shop with us and join in our social cause! Your loved ones will surely be grateful to know how meaningful the gifts are and much you care for them.
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Taking care of the mental health of others is something that all of us can play a part. A simple question of “how are you?” is all it takes for us to show our care and concern to those around us. Never forget to lend a listening ear to your loved ones and remind them that they are never alone in facing their struggles.
If you or someone you know is in need of mental health support, do contact the following helplines:
- National Care Hotline 1800-202-6868
- Samaritans of Singapore (24-hour hotline) 1800-221-4444
- Institute of Mental Health’s Mental Health Helpline (24-hour hotline) 6389-2222
- Community Health Assistant Team (CHAT) 6493 6500 / 01