Talk about your feelings
Talking about your feelings to someone you trust can help you stay in good mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled. It’s part of taking charge of your wellbeing and by doing this regularly it means that those feelings will not build up into something you feel you can’t cope with.
Accept who you are
Some of us make people laugh; some are good at maths; others cook fantastic meals. Some of us share our lifestyle with the people who live close to us; others live very differently. We are all different!
Keep in touch
Friends and family can make you feel involved. They can offer different views from whatever is going on inside your own head. It doesn’t mean that you have to wait for them to get in touch with you, make a call, send an email or go and visit someone.
Care of others
Caring for others is an important part of maintaining a sense of belonging. It can be a family member, a friend or someone living nearby. Alternatively, try a volunteering opportunity connected to something you enjoy doing such as gardening. An effort to improve the lives of others is sure to improve your life too.
There are strong links between what we eat and how we feel. Eating regular meals rather than skipping them or snacking all day is much more likely to help us feel in a good mood. Lots of caffeine, sugar or alcohol can all have a negative impact on our temperament.
Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem and help you concentrate, sleep, look and feel better. Exercise also keeps the brain and your other vital organs healthy.
- Go for a walk – maybe take a dog too
- Get off the bus one stop earlier
- Try swimming
- A game of football or badminton
Take a break
A change of scenery or a change of pace is good for your mental health. It could be a five minute pause from your regular routine, a short walk in the evening or a weekend or the opportunity to go somewhere new. A few minutes can be enough to de-stress you.
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 helps beat stress. Doing an activity you enjoy probably means you're good at it and achieving something boosts your self-esteem.
Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to the present moment. It helps us become more aware of our thoughts and feelings so that instead of being overwhelmed by them we are better able to manage them.
How to look after your mental health
The Mental Health Foundation has information on How to Look after your Mental Health.