Mind are a mental health charity who are amazing at what they do and offer. On the 10th October, its World Mental Health Day. The theme is mental health in the workplace, if you’re interested in a free relaxation session at your workplace then click here to send us a message. Mind have put together some Tips for well-being so have a read and see if you can put any of them into action to enhance your well-being.
1.Talk about the way you feel
If you are facing a difficult time, talking about the way you feel with someone you know and trust can often help. Your friends or family may be able to offer you practical help or advice and give you another perspective on what is causing your problems. Even if they can’t help, often just talking something through and feeling that there is someone to listen and understand you can make you feel much better. You could even talk about world mental health day to get that conversation started.
2. Eat healthy
What you eat can have a huge impact on your well-being. Eating regular meals, at regular times, drinking plenty of water and eating vegetables can help improve your mood.
3. Build relationships
Building and maintaining positive relationships can be an important part of staying healthy and mentally well. Keeping regular contact with people that you care about whether its face to face, on the phone or by text, can strengthen your relationships. It can also help to get involved in doing something you enjoy such as drawing, gardening or sport. This can help you meet like-minded people and build up your support network.
4. Get plenty of sleep
If you have trouble sleeping, this can have a serious impact on your mental well-being. Negative feelings are likely to be exaggerated and you might find you are more irritable and less confident
5. Do something for other people
Doing something for someone else, a friend, a relative, a stranger has been shown to improve well-being. It can help improve your self – confidence and meet new people and makes you feel you are making a positive contribution to your community. For world mental health day, why not spend some time reaching out to someone who you know may be struggling with their mental health.
6. Stay active
Physical activity helps release endorphin’s which can improve your mood. When you feel low in mood you might stop doing the things that can improve your mood, almost without realising it. Making sure you do some physical exercise, even if you don’t feel like it at first, can give you quick results in improving your mood.
7. Try something new
Doing something you enjoy can improve your confidence and help you stay well. Learning something new or doing something you have always wanted to do helps occupy your mind and boosts self-esteem. Try looking for local groups on the internet, at the library or in the newspaper. There are most likely many events happening for world mental health day so why not get involved.
8. Learn to accept yourself
One of the most important steps in staying mentally healthy is to learn to accept yourself. If you value yourself, you are more likely to have positive relationships with other people and find it easier to cope with difficult times in your life.
Here are some tips to help you increase your self-esteem
- Try not to compare yourself to other people.
- Don’t strive for perfection.
- Acknowledge your positive qualities and things you are good at.
- Learn to identify and challenge unhelpful thinking patterns.
- Use self-help books and websites to help you change your beliefs.
- Spend time with supportive people.
- Be assertive – don’t allow people to treat you with a lack of respect.
- Engage in work and hobbies that you enjoy. What helped me was the realisation that this is who I am, to stop fighting it and realise that life may not be what you expected it to be. Then, just start living again. Learning to accept who you are can be very difficult, particularly if you are trying to do it on your own. If you feel that low self-esteem is having a significant impact on your mental health, you may find it helpful to talk your feelings through with a therapist.
9. Set yourself a challenge
Try to set yourself a challenge, at times it may be hard to find the motivation but it doesn’t have to be a big challenge, it’s about the smaller things too. For example, you could maybe try learning the days of the week in a new language or learning a new recipe.
10. Take time to relax
It’s so important to take some time out to relax even if you don’t feel stressed. Taking the time to go for a walk in the evening, or passing the evening doing something you enjoy can really help. Learning relaxation techniques such as breathing exercises yoga or meditation can also help you reduce stress levels. At Sports Physio UK, we believe that mental health is just as important as physical health. We have our very own mental health nurse here at the clinic . Lucy runs weekly Relax & Breathe sessions, teaching individuals skills to look after their well-being, to relax and how to meditate. If your interested then click here to send us a message.
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