Dr Ayodele Ajayi talks NHS Every Mind Matters Campaign & Top Tips for Anxiety! Breakfast Interview w/ Adele Tondu
Doctor ‘Ayodele Ajayi’ caught up with Unity Radio’s Adele Tondu on the breakfast show
to speak about the new ‘Every Mind Matters’ campaign from the NHS.
New research reveals 6 in 10 Black people regularly experience anxiety (62%).
Despite Sunday being the traditional day of rest or a recreational day for most as the weekend draws to a close,
many begin to worry about the week ahead with juggling family life (66%),
a looming to-do list (64%) and lack of sleep (57%) reported as the top causes.
For many people around the country, a typical weekend ends with worry as thoughts turn to the week ahead;
with Google searches around sadness spiking on a Sunday as people turn to the internet for help.
Searches for ‘trouble sleeping’ also peak on a Monday, reflecting the nation’s struggle to unwind as the weekend draws to a close.
In fact, searches for anxiety have increased 170% in the last 10 years.
Leading Black influencers and mental health advocates, including Shocka, Vanessa Boachie and Dr T Ayodele Ajayi are supporting the Better Health,
every Mind Matters campaign, calling on the Black community to adopt Self Care Sunday routines
to help deal with feelings of anxiety by doing small things that can make a big difference.
Despite a significant number of Black people regularly experiencing anxiety (62%),
nearly 1 in 3 (31%) rarely or never prioritise self-care on a Sunday.
Those that do like to unwind, clean their home (42%), exercise (37%) and go for a walk (36%).
To address this, Shocka, Vanessa Boachie and Dr T Ayodele Ajayi,
who are long-standing advocates for the importance of good mental health,
are sharing their tips for alleviating anxiety and preparing for the week ahead.
Shocka, Rapper, Influencer and Mental Health Advocate, said: “From time to time, I do experience anxiety.
Incorporating a self-care routine into my life has been a game changer for me.
One of the things which I find most helpful is getting outside into the fresh air!
Going for a daily walk helps clear my mind, gets my thoughts together and really helps me to stay focused.
I used to be such an obsessive thinker but walking has definitely calmed my mind.
Self Care Sundays are about taking some time out to do simple things, as they make a huge difference to how we feel.”
Vanessa Boachie, Founder of Inside Out Well-being, said: “It’s important to be patient and allow yourself enough time to prepare for the working week.
Take care of yourself mentally and physically by eating well, getting enough sleep and spending time doing things you enjoy.
These things will help to keep you motivated – not just on a Sunday – but throughout the week.”
Dr T Ayodele Ajayi, Consultant Psychiatrist, said: “Anxiety is something everyone experiences at times
and feeling anxious is a perfectly normal reaction to some situations, including Sundays!
Some people find relaxation, mindfulness or breathing exercises helpful as they reduce tension and focus our attention on the present moment.
Making time for your mental well-being is important – and embedding these small actions into your routine can help ease anxiety any day of the week.”
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