ADT's guide
to finding
peace of mind

Sometimes the world can be an overwhelming place. From keeping healthy, to work pressures, to securing your home, striving to get the balance right can seriously impact our health. In fact, one in six of us now reports experiencing common mental health issues like depression and anxiety in any given week*.

Here at ADT, we've always prided ourselves on giving homeowners one less thing to worry about. With monitored systems and quality service, we've been putting minds at rest across the UK for 146 years and counting.

But now, in these uncertain times, we're going beyond security to promote mental health awareness. This guide is all about mental health and wellbeing, finding peace of mind through everyday life. Just remember the five S's:

Solitude

There’s a reason JOMO (the Joy of Missing Out) is becoming a buzz phrase. And it’s because we, as a nation, say yes to far too many social engagements.

Add that to being contactable 24/7 via our smartphones and it’s not surprising modern stress levels are skyrocketing. A recent study found that almost three-quarters of workers feel stressed out by technology and can’t completely shut off from it. **

When’s the last time you had a day to yourself? If you can’t remember, here are some great ways to switch off from the outside world and reclaim that headspace:

NamasteWhen it comes to finding peace of mind yoga is regarded as one of the best exercises

  • Practice Yoga Any exercise is great for our mental health, but when it comes to finding peace of mind yoga is regarded as one of the best.

    From strength, to flexibility, to total physical and mental health awareness, doing just a short practice every day can improve your physical and mental wellbeing in bounds.

    Yoga is also proven to lower blood pressure and your heart rate. Plus, the meditative Shavasana at the end of practice is sure to help you clock off, giving you a clear and focused mind to face the day with.
  • Start meditating This ancient practice originated in India, with the earliest depictions dating back to around 5,000 to 3,500 BCE. It’s described as a habitual process of training your mind to focus and redirecting your thoughts.

    Its main benefit is stress reduction. One study, including over 3,500 adults, showed that it lives up to its reputation and effectively reduced anxiety and depression in participants. ***

    You can find lots of guided meditation practices on YouTube, podcast websites or by using apps.
  • Download an app There are plenty of great apps out there to help you keep calm and carry on – even in the toughest of times. Most offer guided meditation and mindfulness practices, a log for thoughts and feelings, and even nature sounds to calm you - like rain and waves.

    Here are a few to check out: Calm, Headspace, Portal and Simple Habit. It’s also great to see these companies doing their bit to help as we weather the storm of Covid-19. Headspace for example is giving free guided meditation to all who need it on their website. You can take part here: https://www.headspace.com/covid-19
  • Pick up a book Although calming apps are great, they mean even more screen time. So, why not get back to basics and start reading?

    With the likes of Netflix and gaming, books sometimes take a backseat. And it’s not surprising. We encounter on average 5000 ad messages a day1, not to mention reading work emails, street signs and social media posts. But with a 2009 study finding it reduces stress by a whopping 68%, it’s well worth dusting off an old favourite and getting cosy before bed2.

Sleep

Good sleep is really important to reducing stress. When we don’t sleep well, the hormone cortisol rockets. It increases hunger, makes us more forgetful, more irritable and more susceptible to disease.

At a time when we need to keep as fit and healthy as possible, here are our top six tips for a great night’s sleep:

Curate your spaceCreate a space that puts you at ease and you'll find it much easier to drift off.

  • Stick to a schedule Making sure you go to sleep at the same time each night, even on a weekend, helps to regulate your body clock promoting a restful night’s sleep. If you don’t remember easily, why not set a reminder on your phone about ten minutes before bed.
  • Get some exercise Keeping active will mean when it comes to bedtime you’ve got less energy. It also promotes deep sleep, which is when our body repairs and restores our muscles, boosts our immune system and improves our cardiac health.
  • Avoid napping If you’re at home during the day, it may be tempting to get some extra shut eye - especially when in isolation. But try and stay busy and avoid sleeping so you don’t disrupt your evening routine.
  • Watch what you drink Caffeine and alcohol are both known to disrupt sleep, especially if you’re drinking late at night. So, if you’re having trouble getting some shut eye they’re well worth avoiding.
  • Put screens away Relaxing with a film, getting some admin out of the way or scrolling through Instagram may seem harmless, but they’re some of the worst things to do before bed. The light from screens is activating to the brain, so you’ll often find it harder to sleep, try reading or writing instead.
  • Curate your space Making sure you have a supportive mattress and pillows is great for sleep, but just the start of a relaxing environment. Create a space that puts you at ease and you’ll find it much easier to drift off.
  • Deep Clean Ever felt that great sense of relief after cleaning the house? Well, it isn’t just because things look better. Cleaning burns calories and releases feel-good endorphins into the brain improving our mental health. Deep cleaning your space also reduces the risk of bacteria living on your surfaces, keeping you healthier and putting your mind at ease.
  • Go green Adding plants to a space is proven to decrease anxiety and help us relax. They also increase air quality, flushing out indoor toxins that can cause asthma and allergies.
  • Declutter A cluttered space can really negatively impact our mental health. Panic searching when items don’t have a set place, piles of washing or papers stacking up and a flurry of knick-knacks making it harder to clean all increase stress levels. Use the time you have away from the outside world to focus on clearing out what you don’t need, you’ll feel a lot better for it.
  • Segment If you’re spending a lot of time in the house, for example if you’re working from home, it’s good to segment where you work and where you relax. Having a set office space will help you switch into work mode during the day and get that peace of mind in an evening when you leave your ‘desk’.

Space

Among all the stressors of the world around us, your home should be your safe haven. A place that makes you feel comfortable and calm no matter what’s going on. We’ve put together a list of ways to make sure your home keeps your feet on the ground through lockdown and beyond:

Safety

It’s natural for keeping your home and family safe to be top of the list when it comes to things that play on your mind. And with 28% percent of break-ins happening when there’s someone home3, you have every reason to take precautions.

But it doesn’t have to impact your mental health. With a few simple security measures, you can keep your home safe and get some valuable peace of mind.

Even something as simple of reminding family members to lock doors and windows - even when they’re at home, can help to significantly reduce your chances of being broken into.

Other little things like adding a dog sticker to your window, laying down a gravel drive and not leaving boxes from expensive electricals on display are good ways to put off burglars.

But, if you want something concrete, a monitored alarm is the way to go.

  • What’s a smart system?
  • A smart alarm gives you complete control at your fingertips. You’d still have all the benefits of a monitored alarm, but be able to change and manage settings online.

    You also have added features, like turning lights on and off to make it look like you’re home – giving added peace of mind. You can check out ADT Smart Home and all its stress-reducing features here.
  • What’s monitoring?
  • Monitoring means that when your alarm sounds, someone’s there to answer it. Unlike off the shelf products, monitored alarms have a team of people behind them, ready to react to a disturbance.

    With an ADT alarm, we’d contact you, a nominated friend or member of your family, then the police or a private security guard - depending on your level of cover. We’re proud to say our response time at 42 seconds is the fastest in the UK. You can find out more about the benefits of monitoring here.

    If you have a smart system, you’d also get an instant notification on your smartphone.

Always ThereADT Smart Home lets you stay in control of your home on the go. Giving you the peace of mind you deserve

Stress

We know that in these uncertain times, even if you follow all of our advice above life can still get a bit too much. Stress can differ from person to person, but there are a few tell-tale signs of anxiety to watch out for that could mean you, or someone you love, needs to get some help:

Mental

  • Low mood
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Racing thoughts
  • Irrational thoughts
  • Memory loss
  • Concentration loss
  • Feeling withdrawn.

Physical

  • Low energy
  • Heart palpitations
  • Constant headaches
  • Aches, pains and sore muscles
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Upset stomach
  • Frequent colds and infections.

These are just some of the symptoms you might experience, but if you notice you’ve ticked a few on that list, it’s best to seek professional advice.

Aside from NHS counselling services, which may be on hold with the mounting strain of Covid-19, there are lots of charities and helplines to try. These range from specific organisations like Anxiety UK and OCD Action, to all-round mental health services like Calm, Mind and Samaritans.

Here’s a full list of mental health helplines, according to the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mental-health-helplines/

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