9 ways to look after your mental health

Bearing in mind, the state of your mental health isn’t fixed, it can be good or it can be poor. It’s important to know ways to look after it. Here are somethings anyone can try to help mind their mental health.

Exercise: There are many advantages of exercising. It helps increase energy levels, use up excess energy and can improve sleep patterns and fitness. It also helps to manage stress and anger and can boost your confidence. All positive for your mental health.

Nutrition: Having a balanced diet can help with energy levels, weight control and self-esteem. It is easy to fall into bad habits, but it’s important to try and eat well and cut out junk food.

Relax: It’s very easy to overlook making time for yourself with the hectic pace of life we all lead. It’s essential for your mental health that you find ways to take time out and relax.

Sleep: Sleep is crucial to our physical and mental health. It re-energises us, helps our body to heal and keeps our memory working properly. There are many things you can do to improve your quality of sleep including exercising, avoiding stimulants and implementing a daily routine or bed time.

Be mindful: Mindfulness is about learning to focus your attention on the present moment. Not worrying unduly about past or future problems can be hugely beneficial to your physical and mental health. It can steady the breath, heart-rate, and improve the immune system and can help to deal with depression or anxiety.

Self-Talk: Training the inner-voice in our head can be difficult, but worth-while. It’s important to learn not to talk to yourself in a negative or destructive, such as thinking in black or white or constantly comparing yourself to others.

Set Goals:  Setting realistic goals, prioritising what is important and balancing our time can help in the management of our mental health. It gives us perspective on things and enables us to deal with problems more effectively.

Work on your self-esteem: Improving our self-esteem might seem like a constant battle, but it’s necessary in order to manage our mental health. Challenging negative thinking, accepting yourself and not comparing yourself to others will help to develop your confidence.

Talk:  sometimes sharing things with friends and family can help you through a tough time, by helping you get some perspective.  Not only that, but staying connected and being social, anything from going to the movies or meeting people for a coffee, goes a long way to looking after your mental health.

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