Mental Health Awareness Week is an important event that shines a spotlight on mental health. In today’s fast-paced world, with its constant hustle and bustle, it’s easy to get caught up in the pursuit of big achievements and material possessions. However, finding joy in the little things in life can have a significant positive impact on our mental wellbeing. So, let’s explore the importance of finding happiness in the everyday and how it can contribute to better mental health…
What are the “Little Things”?
The “little things” refer to the simple pleasures and small moments that bring us joy in our day-to-day lives. They are the often overlooked or taken-for-granted moments that can be found in the ordinary routines and activities we engage in. Some examples of little things that can bring joy include…
A walk in the park, or simply sitting in a garden and appreciating the beauty of flowers can be incredibly uplifting. If you’re looking to take a walk with some company why not head to the ASKWHO outdoors group – see if other members of the community recommend a walk or even organise a group outing?
Practising mindfulness by being fully present in the moment, whether it’s savouring a delicious meal, taking a hot shower, or just sitting quietly and observing our surroundings, can help us appreciate the present moment. If you’re looking for that extra push, why not try a yoga class? The ASKWHO wellness group is a great place to start when looking for classes.
Spending quality time with loved ones, sharing a laugh, or engaging in a heart-to-heart conversation can bring immense joy and strengthen our social connections. This one isn’t always possible – you may have moved to a new area recently, this is where ASKWHO can help. The community is always on hand to support you.
Why are the “Little Things” Important for Mental Health?
It’s easy to overlook the small moments that can bring us joy. However, here’s why it is essential to our wellness:
Enhances Positive Emotions: Appreciating little things in life can boost our positive emotions, such as happiness, gratitude and sense of peace.
Cultivates Mindfulness: Paying attention to the little things in life requires us to be present in the moment and practice mindfulness. This state of awareness has been shown to reduce stress, improve mental clarity, and enhance overall wellbeing.
Builds Resilience: Finding joy in our day to day can help us develop a resilient mindset by shifting our focus from what we lack to what we have. This positive perspective can help us cope better with challenges and setbacks, contributing to better mental resilience.
Fosters Gratitude: Practicing gratitude can shift our mindset from a mindset of scarcity to abundance. Gratitude has been linked to increased happiness, improved relationships, and enhanced mental well-being.
ASKWHO supports your mental health
The ASKWHO app was designed to bring a community of like-minded individuals together and make a real connection. These connections are the foundations of stronger friendships. Your social circle is important to your mental health because where would we be without our friends? Head to ASKWHO to find someone to appreciate the little things with you.