How often do you prioritise your mental health? We’re willing to bet it’s not as often as you should, and with Mental Health Awareness Week coming up between the 15th – 21st May, we don’t think there’s a better time to put your mental health first.
Whatever stage of life you’re at day-to-day stressors can take their toll, and it’s important to take some time to give your mind a break. That’s why we’ve pulled together our favourite ways to take the pressure off in Newcastle — even after Mental Health Awareness Week’s over. So, next time you find yourself feeling under the weather, why not give one (or all) of the ideas on this list a try?
We know it’s a cliché (and if you’re not the biggest gym-lover out there, you might not be convinced) but it’s true — moving your body is one of the easiest ways to give yourself a boost when you’re feeling low. Whether you’re lucky enough to have a gym in your building (like our lovely City Co-Living Newcastle residents), or need another way to get moving, we’ve got you covered.
Fancy getting into running, but don’t have anyone to go with? Want some like-minded new pals who can cheer you on? Look no further! Held regularly in various locations around Newcastle, park runs mean you can get your endorphin boost while socialising — what could be better?
To find your nearest park run, and find out more information, check their website.
Even if you don’t know your downward facing dog from your warrior pose, yoga is a great way to nama-stay healthy — both physically and mentally. Luckily, Newcastle isn’t short of yoga studios for all skill levels, from beginners all the way through to expert yogis.
Our current favourite is Happy Yoga, as they’re perfect for even the least bendy of beginners, and offer three weeks of unlimited yoga for just £30. Happy Yoga offer in-person classes at their Carliol House studio as well as online sessions.
You can find out more on their Instagram @happyyoganewcastle.
Do us a favour and think about just how much time you spend at home. Now, doesn’t it make sense that if you’re not happy with your space, it’ll have an effect on how you’re feeling in general? Of course, it does. That’s why, at Newcastle Apartments, we think it’s important to make your home your own. With that in mind, here are our favourite — rental friendly — ways to brighten up your home (and your mood).
Sometimes we all need a little treat — hey, it’s called retail therapy for a reason. And where better to indulge than a vintage market?
Selling adorable, locally sourced trinkets from their Warwick Street store, Flea Circus are the G.O.A.T when it comes to decking out your space. Offering everything from houseplants to record players, this place is a veritable treasure trove of quirky goodies.
You can find out more and check out their stock on their Instagram @wearefleacircus.
If art is what makes your heart happy, why not have a piece of it right in your home? With Newcastle gallery The Biscuit Factory selling everything from cushions to candles, now you can! If you’re looking for a piece of homeware with artistic flair, this is definitely the store for you. An added bonus? You’re also doing your bit to support local creators and artists.
Shop The Biscuit Factory online via their website, or in person.
While there’s a lot to be said for a spot of good old-fashioned comfort food, it’s true that eating a balanced, more nutrient-dense diet has a huge range of benefits for both your physical and mental health, including fewer mood swings and improved focus.
Don’t panic — this isn’t us saying you’ve got to put down the chicken parms just yet. But next time you fancy a meal out, why not try something a little healthier? If you’re not sure where to start, here’s our current favourite option for a balanced brunch in the ‘toon.
Serving authentic vegan Indian street food from the iconic Grainger Market, Snackwallah’s dishes are packed with all kinds of goodness. Highlights include their Samosa Sarnie, Dahi Toast, and Bhaji Butties. Oh, and you definitely don’t want to miss their curry banquet — it’s guaranteed to keep your head and stomach happy.
Check out their menu (and try not to drool) over on their Instagram @snackwallah.