Best self care activities for Mental Health Awareness Week 2022

This year’s theme for Mental Health Week Awareness Week will be exploring ‘loneliness’, its effect on our mental health, and how we can all play a part in our community supporting loneliness.

Whether you’re looking for ways to promote mental wellbeing activities in the workplace or seeking self care tips to combat feelings of loneliness, here’s a useful list of a few cultural resources and activities to help if you’re feeling low. 


Poems to help ease the mind

Poetry Pharmacy have curated a brilliant list of recommended poetry books on their personalised library with Bookshop.org

The list includes a wide range of titles such as Elif Shafak’s (recently shortlisted for a Women’s Prize for Fiction award) How to Stay Sane in an Age of Division, Matt Haig’s no.1 best seller, The Comfort Book, Meera Lee Patel’s Create Your Own Calm, and much more! 

Bookshop.org is an online bookselling platform and affiliate network with a mission to financially support independent bookstores and literary culture.

For more information on Bookshop.org and their mission, visit their website here


Simon Alexander Ong’s Energize will help you get the energy boost you need 

In this new book, Energize, award-winning life coach Simon Alexander Ong introduces you to the art and science of energy management.

Filled with practical tips and expert advice, this book will help you master simple practices that you can build into your day to revitalise and preserve your energy levels so that you are ready for anything. 

You can order your own copy now, and become part of Engergize+ online community here.  

Be sure to also secure your place for the exclusive virtual book launch taking place on 27 May 2022 – get them now while you still can! 


Self-healing with psychologist Paul Chaplin 

Paul Chaplin is a psychologist, who having retired from a 25-year long career in law and an adventurous life in media production in 2013, changed direction to the path of psychology and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). 

His ground-breaking book I Want to Love But: Realising the Power of You, was published in 2019, and led to him being awarded a Philosophy Doctorate (Ph.D, Psychology) by publication. 

Now, Paul’s frontiers of science research work is now set out in the Matrixial Science trilogy, which he applies to his Matrixial Healing Practice, working alongside his practice partner, Fiona Graham, to help a wide range of clients, from all walks of life. 

For more information on Paul, visit his website here.


TV chef and presenter, Delia Smith, to speak at Bradford Literature Festival 

Bradford Literature Festival (BLF), the North of England’s leading literature festival, has announced its full 2022 programme for the eighth annual live in-person festival featuring over 500 events for adults and children from 24 June to 3 July 2022

Over the 10 days, attendees will hear from speakers across the worlds of literature, politics, history and the arts, covering a range of themes including well-being and neurodivergence. 

Notable health and wellbeing events include: Iconic chef and television presenter Delia Smith discussed the nature of what it means to be human from her new book, You Matter, Writer, whilst broadcaster Horatio Clare (Heavy Light) will discuss mental health and its direct impact on our everyday lives. Journalist Sarah Shaffi will be in conversation with panellists Sara Gibbs (Drama Queen) and Rebecca Schiller (Earthed) as they discuss the highs and lows of being diagnosed as neurodivergent in adulthood. 

Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased here.


Listen to Power Down to Power Up by Josephine Perry and Lexie Williamson on Audible

Power Down to Power Up, sees sports psychologist Dr Josephine Perry and yoga for sports specialist Lexie Williamson share practical tips and exercises to settle the mind and unlock higher performance and productivity. 

Purchase and listen to the audiobook exclusively on Audible here


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