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Top Tips for Taking Care of your Mental Health


An Overview of Mental Health

Mental health is the wellbeing of social, psychological, and emotional factors. 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem of some kind each year in England. This can affect how people go about their day-to-day lives and can change how they think, feel and act. Overall, this can impact a person’s quality of life. Self-care is a crucial factor that can help support you in maintaining your mental health and help alongside treatment if you are suffering with a mental illness.


What is Self-Care?

Self-care is the action a person takes to preserve or improve their mental and physical health. This can help you reduce stress and feel more energised. It can also lower your risk of illness. Taking small steps to make time for self-care daily can have a large impact on your life.

Here are 7 ways of implementing self-care into your life:


1. Get regular exercise- Even just 30 minutes per day can boost your morale, even if you are not able to do 30 minutes at a time small amounts still add up!



2. Eat a balanced healthy diet, with regular meals whilst staying hydrated- This can help increase your energy.


3. Sleep- This should be a priority, make sure you are not sleep deprived. Reading a book before bed makes going to sleep a lot easier than going on your phone as the blue light can keep you awake.


4. Relax- This could be meditating, breathing exercises, journaling or anything that helps you to calm down.


5. Set goals and make priorities for yourself- Be happy with the achievements you have made that day, do not focus on what you haven’t done or what needs to be done. Take one day at a time!


6. Practice gratitude and be positive- Write down or think about what you are grateful for and use this to challenge your negative and unwanted thoughts.


7. Connect- Reach out to family and friends who provide you with support. They care about you and want to help you through these times.


These are not cures for mental illness but can help you manage your mental health. It is crucial you find self-care activities which make you happy to be able to create a positive impact on your mental health.

Seeking Professional Help


It is important to seek help and reach out to professionals if you are experiencing any of these symptoms for more than 2 weeks:

  • Appetite changes

  • Sleep deprivation

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Low morale which causes you to struggle getting out of bed

  • Unable to function in daily tasks

  • Loss of interest in tasks which you normally find enjoyable

Do not neglect your mental health and do not be afraid to seek professional help. These symptoms can become overwhelming and decrease your quality of life, so it is important you speak to someone about this.


To learn more about mental health, attend one of our FREE Mental Health Awareness training events!


To find out more about mental health services please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/mental-health-services/


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