What Can I Do To Look After My Mental Health

There are a variety of different things we can all do to take better care of our mental health and wellbeing. Such things may include:-

  • Connecting with others: building strong and healthy relationships with people who are able to support and enrich your life can have a massive impact on how we think and feel. Putting time and effort into our relationships is one of the most effective thing you can do to significantly improve your mental health.
  • Take to time to enjoy life: Life can be incredibly busy. Thus it is important that we set time aside each week for activities, hobbies, projects etc. that you enjoy doing. Allow yourself to be spontaneous and creative, completing something different each week. Do a crossword, go for a stroll in the park, draw pictures, play with your pets, go shopping or get coffee with your friends – whatever it is that you genuinely enjoy.
  • Participate and share interests: Joining a club is a brilliant way to foster a sense of belongingness – one of our basic human needs. This feeling of being a part of something is brilliant for your mental health. Join a sports club, a band, walking group, dance class, book club, car club, choir… the possibilities are endless!
  • Contribute to your community: Volunteering your time towards something that you care about can help to make you feel more positive about yourself or your place in this world. Help out a neighbor, work in a community centre, or do something nice for a friend. An effort to improve the lives of others is sure to improve your life also.
  • Take care of yourself: Be active, eat well, and get the right amount of sleep – a healthy body helps to build a healthy mind. Physical and mental health are closely linked thus it is easier to have a more positive outlook on life if your body feels good. You don’t need to join a gym – gardening, housework, dancing or bushwalking all count! Nourish your body to feel good inside and out. Sleep is so important to restore both your body and mind so get into good sleeping habits and establish a routine.
  • Challenge yourself: Learn a new skill or set a new goal. You could take on a new task at work, set a new fitness goal or learn to cook a new recipe. Learning helps to improve your mental fitness and aiming to achieve a goal can build skills and confidence.
  • Deal with stress: Make yourself aware of what starts you feeling stressed and how you tend to react to these triggers. You may find you can avoid some triggers or equip yourself with the skills to manage others. Stress is a normal reaction to challenging events. If you have trouble dealing with stress you may find relaxation techniques can assist you in winding down.
  • Be present: Take a moment to notice each of your senses each day, simply be in the moment. Notice the sun and wind on your face and focus on the air you are breathing. It is so easy to get caught up in thinking about the past or worrying about the future, instead of focusing on the here and now.
  • Ask for help: It is normal to have emotions that fluctuate. Life can be hard at times and there are people around to help you. If you don’t get the help you require the first time around, keep asking until you do.

*Information adapted from the Better Health Channel.

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