Stay Connected - Mental Health Week
Stay Connected: Top 10 Tips To Look After Your Mental Health.
Mental Health problems can affect ANYONE at ANY TIME, and so it’s important that we take care of ourselves. Below are 10 ways that we can do this, starting today:
Be kind to yourself and others.
Kindness can be an antidote to isolation and it can create a sense of belonging. It can help reduce stress, boost self-esteem and deepen friendships. To receive or to give an act of kindness matters – it’s never wasted. What small act of kindness can you do today?
Ask For Help
None of us are superhuman, we all need help – and that’s ok. Sometimes we might get tired or feel overwhelmed by how we feel or when things don’t go to plan. If things are getting too much for you and you feel like you can’t cope, then ask for help. Your family or friends may be able to offer practical help or simply just a listening ear.
Talk About Your Feelings
Just opening up and talking to someone about how you are feeling can be a way to cope with a problem you’ve been holding onto for a while, The simple act of being listened to can help you feel that you are not alone and that you are supported. And of course, it works both ways, making the other person feel trusted, and it can encourage them to open up too.
Do One thing Every Day That You Enjoy
Be kind to yourself and take some time out of your day to do something for yourself. What to you love doing? What activities can you lose yourself in? This could be a bath, reading a book, singing a song, painting your nails, dancing around the living room…it can be absolutely ANYTHING, as long as it makes you feel good. 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.
Take Regular Breaks
It’s really important to take regular breaks, particularly with us all working from home and break up the prolonged periods of sitting down. Just a few minutes can be enough to de-stress you. So step away from the computer, walk around the house, walk around the garden, put on some music, get some fresh air….do whatever you need to do, and make some me-time.
Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem and can help you concentrate, sleep, and feel better. Exercise keeps the brain and your other vital organs healthy, and is also a significant benefit towards improving your mental health.
There are strong connections with what we eat and how we feel, for example sugar and caffeine. But food can also have a long-lasting effect on your mental health. Your brain needs a mix of nutrients to stay healthy and function – eating a healthy balanced diet is the key!
Keep In Touch
Now more than ever, it’s important we stay in touch with friends and family. Relationships with friends and family can help you deal with the little and big stresses of our daily lives. Friends and family can make you feel included and cared for, as well as offering advice and support with what is going on. They can help you keep mentally active, keep you grounded and help you solve problems. So make sure to schedule video calls, or get creative and create virtual coffee mornings, virtual quiz and cinema nights and bake or eat together via a video call. But also remember not everyone is online, so just picking up the telephone or sending a letter can make someone's day.
With everything that is going on right now, it’s really easy to become anxious with the continuous stream of news and social media. But you can take control. You are in charge of how much social media and news that you watch. You have the choice when to switch off. Limit the daily amount of news that you watch and listen to.
Right now, we are all working and existing in a new world, where everything has changed. But we can help ourselves by creating and sticking to a daily routine. You can do things like get up at the same time every day, schedule breaks away from your computer and try and stay within your working hours, so that you reach a point at the end of each day you can switch off and relax.
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