1 in 4 adults will seek professional support for poor mental health in some stage in their life – it’s a massive issue.
We all have some level of mental health that impacts on our life at some time or another. Let’s face it, life is hard at times and we all struggle to cope at the pace and with the demands of everyday life. Not to mention when we feel that things don’t go to plan. We have to cope with the break-up of a relationship, the loss of a loved one, feeling that you’re not good enough and achieving the things you want. It can be easy to have thoughts and feelings of giving up when the struggle to move on makes us feel like we’re stuck in a dark and lonely place.
Too many people with mental health problems are made to feel isolated and ashamed. As if its a sign of weakness or failure. Well, let’s all change the way we think and act about mental health!
The fact is, mental health problems are a growing public health concern. They are prevalent not just in the UK, but around the world. Mixed anxiety & depression is the most common mental disorder in Britain.
So it’s important to take care of yourself and get the most from life. Make your mental health a priority! Below are 10 practical ways to look after your mental health.
Making simple changes to how you live doesn’t need to cost a fortune or take up loads of time. Anyone can follow this advice. Why not start today?
- Talk about your feelings
Talking about your feelings can help you stay in good mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled.
- Keep active
Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem and can help you concentrate, sleep, and look and feel better. Exercise keeps the brain and your other vital organs healthy, and is also a significant benefit towards improving your mental health.
- Eat well
Your brain needs a mix of nutrients in order to stay healthy and function well, just like the other organs in your body. A diet that’s good for your physical health is also good for your mental health.
- Drink sensibly
We often drink alcohol to change our mood. Some people drink to deal with fear or loneliness, but the effect is only temporary.
When the drink wears off, you feel worse because of the way the alcohol has affected your brain and the rest of your body. Drinking is not a good way to manage difficult feelings.
- Keep in touch
There’s nothing better than catching up with someone face to face, but that’s not always possible. You can also give them a call, drop them a note, or chat to them online instead. Keep the lines of communication open: it’s good for you!
- Ask for help
None of us are superhuman. We all sometimes get tired or overwhelmed by how we feel or when things don’t go to plan.
If things are getting too much for you and you feel you can’t cope, ask for help. Your family or friends may be able to offer practical help or a listening ear.
Local services are there to help you.
- Take a break
A change of scene or a change of pace is good for your mental health.
It could be a five-minute pause from cleaning your kitchen, a half-hour lunch break at work, or a weekend exploring somewhere new. A few minutes can be enough to de-stress you. Give yourself some ‘me time’.
- Do something you’re good at
What do you love doing? What activities can you lose yourself in? What did you love doing in the past?
Enjoying yourself can help beat stress. Doing an activity you enjoy probably means you’re good at it, and achieving something boosts your self-esteem.
- Accept who you are
We’re all different. It’s much healthier to accept that you’re unique than to wish you were more like someone else. Feeling good about yourself boosts your confidence to learn new skills, visit new places and make new friends. Good self-esteem helps you cope when life takes a difficult turn.
- Care for others
Caring for others is often an important part of keeping up relationships with people close to you. It can even bring you closer together.
Do you need urgent help?
If your mental or emotional state quickly gets worse, or you’re worried about someone you know – help is available:
- You’re not alone; talk to someone you trust. Sharing a problem is often the first step to recovery.
- If you are concerned that you are developing a mental health problem you should seek the advice and support of your GP as a matter of priority. If you are in distress and need immediate help and are unable to see a GP, you should visit your local A&E.
- And seek help from your employer, they may have access to an employee assistance programme and counselling sessions.
- Or seek help from a coach to help you focus on all of the possibilities of the future, to help you create something new. Coaching is designed to take you from one point to the next. You pick the destination, then in partnership with your coach you move from where you are now, to where you want to be.
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Rachel Wade, Certified Practitioner of NLP, Time Line Therapy®, Hypnotherapy and NLP Coach
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