Mental Health

St Monica Trust is committed to talking about mental health…


We all know what it’s like to feel stressed, but it’s not easy to pin down exactly what stress means.


Mindfulness is a practice that can enable people to change the way they think and feel about their stressful experience.

Get your boots on: It’s National Walking Day!

Can I encourage you to take a walk today?

Walking is simple, free, and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier.  Sometimes overlooked as a form of exercise, walking briskly can help you build stamina, burn excess calories and make your heart healthier.

You don’t have to walk for hours. A brisk 10-minute daily walk has lots of health benefits and counts towards your recommended 150 minutes of weekly exercise.  (Source:

  • 15 minutes to curb cravings
    All it takes is 15 minutes of walking to actually curb a craving for chocolate or other sweet-related foods. Next time you’re looking for something sweet, take a walk around the block. Source:

April is Stress Awareness Month

Never has it been more important to recognise how we’re feeling than at the present time. April is stress awareness month.  Awareness days are simply a way of us remembering and focusing on important issues, but of course we can feel stressed at any and many points in our lives. You owe it to yourself to acknowledge if you are feeling stressed and to take some time to look after yourself.

It’s important to note that being under pressure is a normal part of life. It can help you take action, feel more energised and get results. But if you often become overwhelmed by stress, these feelings could start to be a problem for you. (Source – Mind – The Mental Health Charity)

This interactive tool from  MHFA  England,  using a visual example of a stress container, shows how we all experience stress differently.


National Feet Week: 8th – 14th March 2021: A guide to looking after your feet

Are you on your feet all day?  Maybe you’re getting fit and you’re putting extra pressure on your feet with all those squats, lunges and jumps?  

Whatever you’re up to, it’s important to look after your feet. 

Leonardo Da Vinci described the foot as “the greatest engineering device in the world”.

The foot is one of the most overworked, under-appreciated parts of the human body. If you’re getting the recommended 10,000 steps per day in, then that works out to be 4 trips around the world over a lifetime, putting a lot of wear and tear on your intricate foot bones and joints.

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