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Good mental health

We all know about the importance of staying physically healthy, but what about your mental health?

Good mental health

Good mental health is a really important part of your wellbeing, and isn’t something that should be ignored just because it’s not as obvious as a broken foot or a runny nose.

There are lots of things you can do to help you look after your mental health.

Healthy body, healthy mind

Being active on a regular basis can really improve your physical and mental health. You may not always feel like it, but physical activity helps release chemicals in your body which can help you feel happier and reduce tension, anxiety and fatigue.

Talk about your feelings

Talking to someone you trust about how you’re feeling can be a big help. It could be your GP, or a friend or family member. Talking with someone else can sometimes help you to work through a problem, and can help you feel like you’re not alone.   

If you’d rather talk to someone anonymously, you can always call a helpline such as the Samaritans. They’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can call on 08457 90 90 90 or email jo@samaritans.org

Take some time out

Taking time out to de-stress can be very beneficial. It might be going outside for a quick walk round the park, or taking five minutes just to close your eyes, sit down and relax. Even just a couple of minutes break can make a surprising difference.

Sensible drinking

Sometimes people will drink to try and relieve feelings like stress or anxiety. Alcohol can actually make you feel more anxious or depressed, and when it wears off it can make you feel worse because of the withdrawal symptoms.

It’s not about avoiding alcohol completely – if you drink sensibly and stay within the recommended daily allowances then most people will be able to enjoy alcohol occasionally.  

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

There’s nothing wrong in asking for help – it’s not a sign of failure, you’re taking a positive step in looking after your mental health.

Your GP (or care co-ordinator if you’re already using our mental health services) will be able to help you access the most appropriate services or treatments

Related information

Sensible drinking

Mental health services

Find Trust services

Useful websites

Mental Health Foundation (10 ways to look after your mental health)

Winchester Area Community Action

MentalMovement