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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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