Kindness Spotlight: Looking After Your Mental Health

 

 

 

 

 

 

As this year’s #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek draws to an end, it’s been encouraging to hear so many stories focused around this year’s theme of kindness and we hope you enjoyed the ones we also shared. That said, we know these are unprecedented times and that the uncertainty of the next few weeks/months will be worrying for many. With that in mind, we would encourage all of you to continue looking after your wellbeing and ensure it remains a constant priority. To help with this, we’ve put together a few practical tips on how to look after your mental health:

 

 

 

 

 

Talk About Your Feelings
Talking about your feelings isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s part of taking charge of your wellbeing and doing what you can to stay healthy. Talking can be a way to cope with a problem you’ve been carrying around in your head for a while. Just being listened to can help you feel supported and less alone.

 

 

 

 

 

Keep Active
Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem and 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Have a Healthy Diet
Your brain needs a mix of nutrients in order to stay healthy and function well, just like the other organs in your body. A diet that’s good for your physical health is also good for your mental health.

 

 

 

 

 

Keep In Touch
There’s nothing better than catching up with someone face-to-face, but that’s not always possible; particularly given the current situation we find ourselves in. With that in mind, make sure you give them a call, send them an email, or have an online chat. Essentially, keep the lines of communication open however you can.

 

 

 

 

 

Drink Sensibly
We often drink alcohol to change our mood. Some people drink to deal with fear or loneliness, but the effect is only temporary. When the drink wears off, you feel worse because of the way the alcohol has affected your brain and the rest of your body. Drinking is not a good way to manage difficult feelings.

 

 

 

 

 

Ask for Help
None of us are superhuman. We all sometimes get tired or overwhelmed by how we feel or when things don’t go to plan. If things are getting too much for you and you feel you can’t cope, ask for help. Your family or friends may be able to offer practical help or a listening ear. Local services are there to help you.

 

 

 

 

 

Look Out for Others
Looking out for others is an important part of maintaining relationships. Try reaching out to someone you haven’t heard from in a while and keeping in touch with those you speak to regularly. Not only will this benefit you but may also help those you’re speaking to – knowing they have someone who is there for them.

 

 

 

 

 

We hope you find the above useful. In the meantime, stay safe, keep in touch and we hope to see you all again very soon.

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about Mental Health, please visit: https://www.mind.org.uk/

 

 

 

 

 

If you need someone to talk to, you can contact a Samaritan on 116 123. For more information, please visit: https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/

 

 

 

 

 

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