Talking about your feelings can help you stay in good mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled. Talking about your feelings isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s part of taking charge of your wellbeing and doing what you can to stay healthy.
Staying active is important for your physical health, but the mental benefits that come with exercising make it an excellent coping mechanism if you’re feeling “off” or anxious. Being active doesn’t just mean doing sport or going to the gym. Walks in the park, gardening or housework can also keep you active..
Food can also have a long-lasting effect on your mental health. Your brain needs a healthy supply of carbohydrates, fats and proteins to stay healthy and function well, just like the other organs in your body. Eat at least three meals each day and drink plenty of water.
Keep in touch
Social support wards off the effects of stress on depression, anxiety and other stresses of life. Making the effort to stay in touch with others makes you feel better, and can be a critical, even life-saving support. Family and friends can make you feel included and cared for.
Take a break
A break can be really helpful to refocus your attention if you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and make your problems seem impossible to overcome. Taking a moment to recharge alone gives you time to reflect on yourself and understand why you are feeling the way you are.
Do something you are good at
Enjoying yourself helps beat stress. Doing an activity you enjoy probably means you’re good at it and achieving something boosts your self-esteem. Doing things just because they are fun is an emotional and mental health necessity.
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. When you accept your feelings and let yourself experience them without any judgment, you can work through them in a healthy way. Accept what you are not good at, but focus on what you can do well.
Care for others
Caring for others is often an important part of keeping up relationships with people close to you. Showing that you care about the person, have time for them and that they do not have to avoid things with you can even bring you closer together and helps to put the problems in perspective.
Ask for help
Seeking help is a sign of strength — not a weakness. And it is important to remember that treatment is effective. People who get appropriate care can recover from mental illness and addiction and lead full, rewarding lives.