10 Ways to Look After Your Mental Wellbeing (with added kitties)
1. Talk about your feelings
Talking about your feelings can help you stay in good mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled.
2. Keep active
Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem and can help you
concentrate, sleep, and look and feel better. Exercise keeps the brain
and your other vital organs healthy, and is also a significant benefit
towards improving your mental health.
3. Eat well
Your brain needs a mix of nutrients in order to stay healthy and
function well, just like the other organs in your body. A diet that’s
good for your physical health is also good for your mental health.
4. Drink sensibly
We often drink alcohol to change our mood. Some people drink to deal with fear or loneliness, but the effect is only temporary.
When the drink wears off, you feel worse because of the way the
alcohol has affected your brain and the rest of your body. Drinking is
not a good way to manage difficult feelings.
5. Keep in touch
There’s nothing better than catching up with someone face to face,
but that’s not always possible. You can also give them a call, drop them
a note, or chat to them online instead. Keep the lines of communication
open: it’s good for you!
6. Ask for help
None of us are superhuman. We all sometimes get tired or overwhelmed by how we feel or when things don’t go to plan.
If things are getting too much for you and you feel you can’t cope,
ask for help. Your family or friends may be able to offer practical help
or a listening ear.
Local services are there to help you.
7. Take a break
A change of scene or a change of pace is good for your mental health.
It could be a five-minute pause from cleaning your kitchen, a
half-hour lunch break at work, or a weekend exploring somewhere new. A
few minutes can be enough to de-stress you. Give yourself some ‘me
8. Do something you’re good at
What do you love doing? What activities can you lose yourself in? What did you love doing in the past?
Enjoying yourself can help beat stress. Doing an activity you enjoy
probably means you’re good at it, and achieving something boosts your
9. Accept who you are
We’re all different. It’s much healthier to accept that you’re unique
than to wish you were more like someone else. Feeling good about
yourself boosts your confidence to learn new skills, visit new places
and make new friends. Good self-esteem helps you cope when life takes a
10. Care for others
‘Friends are really important… We help each other whenever we can, so it’s a two-way street, and supporting them uplifts me.’
Caring for others is often an important part of keeping up
relationships with people close to you. It can even bring you closer
It is a difficult thing to move on. It’s like going against a current you’ve breezed down your whole life. However, there will come a day you will realise that pushing, full force, against the stream will give you the greatest freedom you will ever know. Moving on will always hurt, but until you let things go, you never know what waits for you.