As you may be aware today is World Mental Health day. Like many of you, I have struggled with various mental health issues throughout the years. So I know the importance of looking after my own mental wellbeing. This is something I have become better at over time. I can now identify what makes me happy along with what triggers I have that leave me feeling less than ok. With barriers to mental health slowly coming down, and reassurance that others know it’s ok not to be ok, I have been able to speak more openly when I am feeling a bit off. I have also learned to be honest when I want to say no to something that doesn’t make me happy.
According to Mental health org “One in four adults and one in ten children are likely to have a mental health problem in any given year” (Mentalhealthorg). This can have a huge impact on the lives of millions of people living in the UK. It can affect their ability to keep relationships, concentrate, commit to work, or just get by in their day to day life.
Tea & Talk is the national fundraising event which takes place on or around World Mental Health Day – 10 October each year. All you need to do is get a group of friends, colleagues, family members or classmates together, put the kettle on and slice up some cake. By doing so you are give each other the chance to talk. Ask people how they are and for once do the none British thing of being honest instead of saying “I’m good, thank you”.
These are 10 things you can do to improve your mental wellbeing:
Spend time with friends and family
Catching up with friends and family over a cup of tea and a bit of cake can be the perfect opportunity for you all to tell each how you are actually all feeling. Offload the things that have been niggling at you and ask for opinions. Chat over tea or take a long walk in some fresh air. Share some funny stories and make each other laugh. You will be surprised how far an honest chat and a good laugh with people you care about can take you.
Mindfulness helps place you in the moment, what is happening then and there. It can also be a positive aid in putting things into perspective. It can make you grateful for the simple things you enjoy in life. Long walks without phones, writing, running, reading or mediation work well for me.
Try something new
Trying something new can often be quite daunting. But once we have completed something we didn’t think we could or achieved something we have wanted to do for a while it can be so rewarding. This helps to build confidence, boost self-esteem and reduce stress.
Do something you enjoy
Doing something you enjoy and are good at can be an easy way to enjoy yourself and help reduce stress. Enjoying an activity or being good at something can make you feel happier and make things seem easier. It can also be an effective way to boost self-worth and gain more confidence in yourself.
Keep a journal
Keeping a journal can be a useful method of reflecting on your day. Writing down what happened in a day can help you assess whether it was a bad day or just a bad five minutes. Listing three things you are grateful for each day can also help boost your mood and encourage happier feelings. Knowing that despite how you feel there are still good things taking place in your life.
look after yourself
Regular exercise can be a huge aid to improve mental wellbeing. It can boost your confidence, improve concentration, help you sleep better and make you feel happier. Eating a balanced and nutritional diet will give you more confidence in yourself and your body. The added vitamins and nutrients help improve concentration and mind and body function. A balanced diet is not only good for your physical health it is also good for your mental health. This does not mean you cannot treat yourself. Small treats or a treat meal is good for your soul and can be the pick me up you need.
Visit a new place
A change of scenery can be so helpful for your mental wellbeing. Often we can become stuck in the day to day routine. This sometimes results in us feeling deflated, bored and at a loss with how we can improve our moods. Visiting a new place gives you new experiences, new stories, and new memories. It can make you appreciate what you have at home and open your eyes to a whole world of other possibilities.
Set yourself goals
Goals can give you something to focus on and work for. Remember to always keep a range of goals. Set goals which are achievable day to day and others that are the longer term. This will ensure you feel as though you are always working towards and achieving.
Be happy with yourself
Learning to accept who you are will open many avenues that you will have closed wishing to be like someone else. Being happy with yourself makes you a lot more confident in your own skin. You are more likely to want to try new things, see new places and compare your life less to others around you. A friend told me that she went to work without make-up to make sure she felt happy in her skin which is a great idea. No one else will notice you are not wearing make-up. It’s these small changes we make to how we perceive ourselves that will help you to be happier with who you are.
Do something nice, thoughtful or helpful for others
Helping other people can be one of the most rewarding things you can do. Knowing you have been kind or helped someone, can make you feel more needed and more included in day to day life. Knowing you have made someone’s day better or easier can make you feel happier. It takes the focus away from trying to do something to yourself to improve your mood.
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