Our mental wellbeing is just as important as our physical health, so we need to make sure we take good care of it. Good mental health means being generally able to think, feel and react in the ways that you need and the want to live your life. But sometimes in life we can go through periods of poor mental health where we find the ways we are thinking or feeling become difficult or even impossible to cope with.
There are a number of self-help techniques that could help which include:
Manage your stress levels
If you have a lot of stress in your life, find ways to reduce it such as regular exercise, 10 minutes to yourself or a chat with family/friends.
Doing things you enjoy is good for your wellbeing. Simple activites like watching sports with friends, having a bath or meeting a friend for coffee can improve your day.
Limit Alcohol Intake
Alcohol can exaggerate some feelings and can make you feel more depressed.
Even moderate exercise releases chemicals in your brain that life your mood. It can also help you sleep better, have more energy and keep your heart healthy. Choose an exercise you enjoy and maybe do it with a friend. Adults should aim for 150 minutes of exercise a week.
An adult needs around 7-8 hours of sleep a night for their mind and body to fully rest.
Talking about things that are troubling you with friends, family members or even a counsellor can help to get things off your chest.
If you have been feeling depressed for more than a few weeks or your anxiety is affecting your daily life, book an appointment to see your GP.
If you need urgent mental health help now and want to talk to someone right away, call The Samaritans helpline which is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, just call 116 123 for free.