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Mind your Mind – Mental Health Awareness Month

Awareness of our mental health is increasing. In an increasingly complicated, confusing, and busy world, it is imperative that we tend to our mental health. It should be given just as much attention as our physical health. In other words, make sure you mind your mind!

October is mental health awareness month and with that, we are sharing some simple ways for you to mind your mind!

Make sure you’re sleeping enough

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It has been scientifically proven in many studies that poor sleep routines increase your risk of mood disorders and depression. A few key things we have been doing to ensure that we are getting the sleep we need at night are: 


  1. Wearing blue light-blocking glasses at nighttime
  2. Wearing earplugs if you are in a noisy environment
  3. Make sure the bedroom is cool (or just camp every night!)


Spend time outdoors

As outdoor enthusiasts, many of us spend quite a lot of time in the outdoors already. Whether we are hiking, running, cycling, climbing, or whatever form of outdoor movement we pursue. No doubt this will help our mental health when compared with those that do not get outdoors and move their bodies. However, after a recent experience, we had our perspective on what it means to “spend time in the outdoors” has changed. 

On October 12th we ventured into a forest in Wicklow to attend a forest bathing session. Forest bathing is a practice that originated in Japan where the participants are invited to bathe their senses in the forest and fully immerse themselves in nature. This experience was brand new to us. We observed things that previously we would not have seen. So often our lives are goal orientated, rushed, and panicked. This forest bathing session reminded us to slow down and listen. Listen to the outside world, but also the world inside our heads. We found that this brought us clarity and a renewed sense of connection with nature and the outdoors.



Continuing the connection piece. Connecting with our thoughts, emotions, and feelings is very important. However, we believe that connection with others is perhaps more important. Connecting with people and talking about our thoughts, emotions, and feelings is one of the best practices we can do for our mental health. Some people struggle to do this, we would encourage them to get outdoors with a group of friends. It is incredible how easy it is to connect with people and discuss meaningful topics with them when you are sharing a trail. We have seen this time and time again and it is absolutely going to have a positive impact on our mental health.

Slow down

As we touched on earlier our lives are often busy and achievement orientated.  We rarely stop and sit with ourselves for a long period of time.  At the start of the month, we organized a sound bath for the staff of Great Outdoors.  The sound bath was conducted by Mary from Holistic Life Yoga.  For 1 hour after work on a Monday evening, we lay on the floor on yoga mats listening to calming sounds that she played on a variety of different implements and instruments.  This hour-long “meditation”  left us feeling very calm.  Some of the staff members even expressed feelings of clarity on things they have been thinking about for a while.  Slowing down and allowing yourself to consider your thoughts without interruption or distraction can really help you to process your life.


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