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Are you being mindful with your money?

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For this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, we’re re-launching Debt in Mind, our page dedicated to the link between debt and mental health, as well as information on how to deal with both. This year, our friends at Mental Health Foundation (MHF) will be talking about mindfulness and the various benefits it can have on a person’s life. Visit the re-launched Debt in Mind section from mid-May.

You may have heard about mindfulness. Perhaps you think it means sitting cross-legged on the floor and meditating. Maybe you think it means to simply concentrate on your breathing.

You may have even heard that it means to focus on your bodily sensations. Mindfulness is all of those things, and so much more.

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Feeling anxious about debt?

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Don't suffer with debt anxiety alone

Don’t suffer with debt anxiety alone

Are you dealing with anxiety over money or debts right now? Please know that we can help. Visit our debt and mental health page for advice, client stories and resources to help you stay in control. 

No matter what we do in our day-to-day lives,  most of us have to deal with feeling a little anxious once in a while. Arguments at home, work deadlines, traffic jams and money worries – these are all issues that can cause that niggling feeling in the pit of your stomach.

However if you’ve got money worries then that anxious feeling can become a fact of life. Fortunately, no one needs to deal with debt anxiety alone. 

This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (12-18 May) is part of a wider effort by our friends at the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) to let people know how to manage anxiety when it gets out of hand.

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Debt in Mind makes it to Parliament!

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We made the call, and Parliament answered. Debt and mental health are linked!

Debt and mental health are linked

They say from small acorns can spring mighty oaks. Well, from our acorn sprung something seriously mighty indeed!

Our work alongside our friends at the Mental Health Foundation for Mental Health Awareness Week began as a simple belief that debt and mental health are intrinsically linked and that we should make more people aware of the connection between the two.

But not only have thousands of people been made aware of our Debt in Mind campaign, but it’s also attracted attention from those who can make real changes to better the lives of so many.

This morning we learned that the following statement was made in a motion tabled by Christina McKelvie at the Scottish Parliament yesterday:

“The Parliament recognises 13 to 19 May 2013 as Mental Health Awareness Week (and) congratulates StepChange Debt Charity on the launch of its new website, which examines the impact that debt and mental health problems can have on a person’s wellbeing…(and) commends the work being done by StepChange Debt Charity in aiding and guiding people with depression who are experiencing debt”.

So far the motion has been supported by 25 Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs). We’re very proud to receive such recognition and will continue to work alongside mental health charities to ensure that no one needs to deal with debt or mental health problems alone.

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Let’s get physical: Fitness and your mental health

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Physical activity is good for the mind as well as the body

This year for Mental Health Awareness Week, the Mental Health Foundation are focusing on the positive effects exercise has on our overall wellbeing. Many of us wish we lived a healthier lifestyle, but putting it into practice can seem easier said than done.

A recent press release from the Mental Health Foundation claims that people would rather do boring housework than work out, and 28% of us exercise less than once a month.

Our Wellbeing guide outlines not just the physical benefits of exercise but the emotional and mental ones too. People who have good mental health are likely to feel more in control of their lives, and their debt. Is there a way to sneak exercise into our busy lives?

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5 ways you can improve your wellbeing

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Your wellbeing is more important than you may think

Your wellbeing is more important than you may think

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s easy to lose track of yourself and start to feel burned out. When we let our wellbeing slide, things can soon become very overwhelming. Illness, relationship issues and debt problems can also quickly creep in if left to fester.

Our mental health can determine so much in our lives. Last year our friends at the Mental Health Foundation stated the importance of looking after our wellbeing, as doing so not only benefits us but our wider community. We also believe this is true.

Our debt solution service Debt Remedy has a built-in Wellbeing tool that asks a series of questions to flag up areas of your mental health that need addressing. Here are just some of the tips we recommend through the service:

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