Keeping Your Mental Health In Check
Mental fitness is just as important as physical fitness. The World Mental Health Day took place recently on Oct 10, and it continues to shed light and awareness on mental illness and the stigma associated with it. Despite the advances in psychiatry, the stigma around mental health often leads to various forms of discrimination.
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?It’s #WorldMentalHealthDay and the theme is #SuicidePrevention. Please post a message of hope for those who may be struggling in the comments below. For those who may be supporting loved ones through difficult moments. For those who don’t know much about mental health and would like to learn more. . ?We know one of the protective factors to prevent suicide is feeling hopeful or optimistic towards the future, even in difficult times. . ?We want to send the message that #YouBelongHere. Everyone has mental health, and mental health is everyone’s business. We belong in this together. . ?Thank you for your support! . ☎️Need support? You can call Samaritans for free, at any time (24/7) on 116 123. They are there to listen to you. You can also email [email protected] . ?Need immediate help? If you yourself are feeling like ending your life, please call 999 or go to A&E and ask for the contact of the nearest crisis resolution team. These are teams of mental health care professionals who work with people in severe distress. ?Sending all our care and support, the MHF team. . . . . #WorldMentalHealthDay #SuicidePrevention #MentalHealthAwareness #YouBelongHere
But heaving a healthy mental health is integral to live a healthy life. Our mental health plays an important role in contributing to our decision making, how we cope with stress, how we communicate with others. It encompasses our emotional and social well-being.
There are so many ways or steps we can take to improve our mental health everyday. It doesn’t require big steps, small things like changing your lifestyle habits can boost your mental health tremendously. Here are a few ways you can take care of your mental health, according to mentalhealth.org.uk.
COMMUNICATE YOUR FEELINGS
Opening up about your feelings to someone during times you feel troubled or in need of help is not a sign of weakness. By talking and letting out your emotions, it can be a way to cope with a problem you’ve been carrying around for a while. When you are listened, it can help you feel supported and less alone.
When you exercise, your body releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good. Therefore, with regular exercise, you will be able to concentrate better, boost your self esteem and even sleep better. Try to allocate at least 30 minutes per day, 5 days a week to do a physical activity. It doesn’t have to be a session at the gym, you could go swimming or run at the park. Find something you enjoy doing, then it won’t be a chore.
Exercising and eating healthy goes hand in hand. You can’t exercise all day but stuff yourself with food that lacks nutrient. Food can have a long-lasting effect on your mental health, just like the rest of your organs, the brain needs nutrients to function well too. According to mentalhealth.org.uk, it said that a diet that’s good for your physical health is good for your mental health as well. With this, not only you eat well, but you stay hydrated by drinking enough water everyday too.
When we are overwhelmed with problems, the one thing that motivates us to move forward is having a strong support system from your loved ones. That said, having strong ties with family and friends is crucial to get the support you need. When we confide in those who we trust, they can make us feel cared for. They can also offer different views from whatever that’s been lingering in your head.
ASK FOR HELP
Sometimes we may think we can carry the weight of the world on our shoulders but truthfully, we’re only human and sometimes we need help. It’s not wrong to ask for help when things are overwhelming. If you feel like you can’t cope, don’t be afraid to reach out to someone.
TAKE A BREAK
Breaks are always good for your mental health. It could be a half-hour lunch break, a 10 minute break from writing, going outside for a short walk, or even exploring a new place after a hectic week at work. A change of scenery for the mind is always good as it helps to de-stress. You should listen to your body too, if you’re really tired then you might need some sleep.
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Most days it feels like the to-do list is never ending, and in the age of FOMO (The Fear Of Missing Out), rest gets put on the back burner. Rest is an essential form of self-care and it recharges you so that you can show up in other parts of your life. Without rest, you will burn out. ? DO YOU GET ENOUGH REST? COMMENT BELOW ???#selfcare #mentalhealth #rest #youareworthy ( ? by @littlearthlings )
When you do something you enjoy, you feel happy. Find something you’re good at and keep doing it. For example, you can find a hobby like gardening or sewing. Doing these activities which will need a high level of concentration will help you forget your worries for a while. Expressing your creativity also helps to de-stress.
We all lead different lives; we are all good or not good at something. At the end of the day we are all very different. But what’s important to remember is to accept your self and who you are without comparing yourself to others. When you love yourself, you feel good about yourself and this boosts your confidence.
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?Below are 10 practical ways to look after your mental health. . . . ?Talk about your feelings ?Keep active ?Eat well ?Drink sensibly ?Keep in touch ?Ask for help ?Take a break ?Do something you're good at ?Accept who you are ?Care for others . . ?For many people, some or all of the above tips may be hard to try. Mental health is an individual experience and therefore how each of us approach self care and looking after our mental health may differ. . . ? In our full guide we go into a lot more detail for each tip, so that you can find what works for you and your own mental health. . ? However you are feeling today and whatever you are experiencing today, here at MHF we accept you and send our care. . . ?Read the full free guide – 'How to look after your mental health' by visiting mentalhealth.org.uk/publications . . ☎️ If you are struggling right now and need someone to talk to then @samaritanscharity are available on 116 123 (UK) for free, 24/7. They are there to talk to, listen and they won't judge or tell you what to do. . . ☎️If you are struggling and would like to find support then @mindcharity info line is available 9am-6pm Mon-Fri on 0300 123 3393 and they have information on what support is available in your local area (UK).
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