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Keep a CoolMIND for May

We can all make changes to our lives to be happier and healthier. Join us this May for our Mental Health Challenge and let’s all keep a CoolMIND!

Make a decision to get to bed early tonight and see how great you feel in the morning!
Whether it’s a walk, a run, or just sitting in the garden to have your morning coffee – enjoy some fresh air today.
Noticed someone’s home haircut actually went well? Loving someone’s new mask? Let them know! You might just make their day.
This time last year we were all new to making banana bread but now that we’ve all mastered that, what’s next? Find a new hobby, start a new netflix series or try out a new hairstyle.
Deep breathing is one of the best ways to reduce stress in our bodies. Take some time today to slow down your breathing and focus on relaxation.

Don’t know where to start?

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Sleeping well is essential for our mental health. Creating a relaxing bedtime routine can help us to fall asleep much easier and have a restful night. Try listening to some relaxing music or reading a book and try going to sleep at the same time every night.

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Missing nights out to the cinema with your friends? Why not get them all involved and arrange a virtual movie night online. Just pick your favourite film, set a date and time and donate the price of your “ticket” to Coolmine TC.
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Add some fun into your meal planning and try something you’ve never made before! Check out two of our favourite cooks for some inspiration:

The Hungry Nugget

Little Muffin Blog

Asking for help with a problem – big or small – is never a sign of weakness. Looking for help from others helps us to build connections and feel happier and more grateful. So today find that one thing on your to-do list that’s been holding you back and find someone to help you out.
Did you know that staying hydrated increases brain performance? Drinking water throughout the day has many health benefits for your body and your mind.
Today make sure you take your full lunch break from work and once you’ve had a tasty lunch get your runners on and get out for a walk. Enjoy the fresh air, you deserve the break!
This year has taken a toll on all of us, especially on our relationships. It’s been tough to stay away from family and loved ones, but lucky us we can still see their face from anywhere in the world.
Unplugging from technology can be like giving your mind a chance to reboot. If you can, why not leave your phone at home today, even for a little while, and give yourself a chance to relax.
If you’re struggling to think of ways to stay entertained at home, we’ve got you covered. Take a look at our virtual fundraising packs for some ideas to have some fun this weekend, while doing some good.
If you find yourself swiping through perfect photos of flawless lives and feeling stressed or insecure – just hit unfollow! Find accounts that bring you joy and make you laugh, and avoid the negative ones.
Here are some of our favourites:

Enda O’Doherty

Your Health Psychology

DIY projects can bring us a sense of pride and satisfaction. Taking on a project to fix even something small like tightening a screw, sewing on a lost button or gluing the handle back on that mug can ease anxiety and stress and improve out wellbeing.
If you have a phone call meeting scheduled with someone today why not take your phone on a walk with you? Get some sun on your face while you discuss plans with your team, or catch up with an old friend.
This is your sign to send a text to the friend you’ve been meaning to catch up with. Use this time to reconnect and make an effort to stay in touch.
You deserve some “me” time today. Turn your home into a spa and enjoy the relaxation.
Stop what you’re doing right now, turn up the volume and dance to your favourite music like there’s no one watching!
Just because our social lives have changed, doesn’t mean we can’t have fun. Set aside a night for your friends, why not try our Paint Party?
A cluttered environment can lead to a cluttered mind. Getting rid of the clutter in your home has been proven to alleviate stress and anxiety.
Regular exercise improves our mental health in many ways. It relieves stress, improves our mood and helps us sleep. But remember, exercise can be fun! Try something completely new today and find a dance class on youtube, pull out your old bicycle or join your kids on the trampoline!
Try starting each day by writing down something that you are grateful for. Keeping a gratitude journal can be as simple as post it notes, or sending a text yourself. Click here for some tips to get you started.
Hold a door open for someone at the supermarket, buy your sister her favourite crisps, let a car out in front of you on your way home from work – you’ll be amazed at how good you feel spreading kindness!
Steal half an hour from your busy schedule to pick up a book and lose yourself in your imagination.
Start your days off right with a routine that makes you smile.
Try one of our virtual ideas for a fun night in!
Plan out your meals ahead of time, pack your own lunch for work and fill your day with fruit and vegetables!
Saying no to others is a way of saying yes to yourself. Say yes to taking time off to relax, say yes to taking back control and say yes to feeling better because of it.
Now that we’ve all had a full month of making changes and trying new things, which were your favourite? Decide what habits you’ll keep up and how you’ll continue to work to live a happier and healthier life.