12 Ways To Look After You!

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

Mental Health affects millions every day so how can you help to look after your mental health? To mark Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 we've come up with 12 ways to help you support your own mental wellbeing...

  1. Talk about your feelings: Sharing your feelings and worries can help you stay in good mental health and deal with times when you're feeling particularly troubled. Getting things off your chest can make a big difference.
  2. Keep active: Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem and make you feel much better.
  3. Keep in touch: Send a message, type a text, give someone a call. You don't need to be face to face to chat with someone. If you're not feeling well and you're struggling to cope then get in touch with someone straight away.
  4. Ask for help: Everyone needs help from time to time and it's ok to ask for it when you need it. There's tons of brilliant supportive services that can help you. Mind offer a range of mental health support and can even put you in touch with someone that can help. If you need urgent help or are experiencing suicidal thoughts then call HOPElineUK for free, non-judgmental support on 0800 068 41 41 or call Samaritans for free on 08457 90 90 90 who can support you 24/7.
  5. Take a break: Taking a pause can help you regroup and de-stress so don't put off taking some you time.
  6. Do something you're good at: If you love doing something then do it often. It'll make you feel better and can help beat stress and boost your self-esteem.
  7. Accept who you are: It's good to be unique and it's ok to not feel ok so accept it and get help if you need it.
  8. Care for others: Open your ears to others and make sure you're there for them too. Mental Health issues impact 1 in 4 people. Friends are really important to our wellbeing and being open and honest about how you're feeling and coping can strengthen relationships and make your bond stronger.
  9. Learn new skills: Research shows that learning new skills can improve your mental wellbeing by boosting self-confidence and raising self-esteem, helping you to build a sense of purpose and helping you to connect with others. Remember though, don't put too much pressure on yourself to do this. With lockdown and social restrictions still in place, it is ok to take time for yourself and learn how to really relax. 
  10. Get a good night's sleep: Sleeping helps us to recover from mental, as well as physical, exertion. It is as important to our bodies as eating, drinking and breathing, and is vital for maintaining good mental wellbeing. So try, where you can, to get atleast 7 hours sleep per night.
  11. Be Mindfull: Paying more attention to the present moment can improve your mental wellbeing. This includes your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. This 'mindfulness' can help you enjoy life more and understand yourself better. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges. Find out more here.
  12. Give to others: Research suggests that acts of giving and kindness can help improve your mental wellbeing by creating positive feelings and a sense of reward. It helps to give you a feeling of purpose and self-worth whilst helping you connect with other people. Why not organise a giving Key Project - it could be a virtual collection for a food bank or a free elecctronic boredom buster pack? Speak to a Key Facilitator to get started today.