8 Tips for good mental health:
An important part of keeping fit and healthy is to take care of your own mental health. There are plenty of things you can do to help make sure you keep yourself mentally healthy.
Get plenty of sleep.
Sleep is really important for our physical and mental health. Sleep helps to regulate the chemicals in our brain that transmit information. These chemicals are important in managing our moods and emotions. If we don’t get enough sleep, we can start to feel depressed or anxious.
Eating well isn’t just important for our bodies, but it’s also important for our minds. Try to eat a balanced diet.
Keeping hydrated is crucial for health and well-being.
Activity and exercise.
Activity and exercise are essential in maintaining good mental health. Being active not only gives you a sense of achievement, but it boosts the chemicals in your brain that help put you in a good mood. Exercising can help eliminate low mood, anxiety, stress and feeling tired and lazy. You don’t need to run a marathon or play 90 minutes of football; a short walk or some another gentle activity might do the trick.
Do something you enjoy.
Try to make time for doing the fun things you enjoy. If you like going for a walk, painting or working on a car, try to set aside time to enjoy yourself. If we don’t spend any time doing things we enjoy, we can become irritable and unhappy.
Connect with others and be sociable
Make an effort to maintain good relationships and talk to people whenever you get the chance, whether that is over the phone or face to face. Having friends is important not just for your self-esteem, but also for providing support when you’re not feeling too great.
Do things for others.
Helping others isn’t just good for the people you’re helping; it’s good for you too. Helping someone can help with your self-esteem and make you feel good about your place in the world. Feeling as though you’re part of a community is a really important part of your mental health.
Ask for help.
One of the most important ways to keep yourself mentally healthy is to recognise when you’re not feeling good, and to know when to ask for help. There’s no shame in asking someone for support if you’re feeling low or stressed. Everyone goes through patches where they don’t feel as good as they should. You can try speaking to your friends or family, or your GP.