How to look after your mental wellbeing
Mental health affects everyone. We all have times when we feel down, stressed or anxious. Most of the time these feelings pass but sometimes they develop into a more serious problem and this could happen to anyone. We believe mental health should be talked about more, so for #MentalHealthAwareness week we’re going to be opening up the conversation all week. To start us off, we’ve been looking at ways you can take care of your mental health.
Talk about it
Talking about how you’re feeling can help you to cope with a problem. As the old saying goes, ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’. Chatting it through can help you process it and also make you feel more supported.
What we eat can affect how we feel and improving your diet can help to improve your mood, give you more energy and help you think more clearly. If your blood sugar drops you might feel tired, depressed and irritable so eating regular meals and foods with slow release energy such as wholegrains, nuts and seeds can help.
Regular exercise can help you concentrate, sleep and feel better. Exercise has been shown to have a positive impact on our mood with studies showing that it can make us feel more content, awake and calmer. Exercising can also have a big impact on self-esteem. Feeling fitter, getting faster on the treadmill and using heavier weights all give your confidence a boost. Increased self-esteem is also linked to increased feelings of life satisfaction and can make you more resilient to stress.
Cut down on the booze
Drinking alcohol and partying with your friends can be fun at the time, but have you ever suffered from those infamous ‘booze blues’ the next day? This is because alcohol can disrupt our body’s ability to rest which can cause a bad night’s sleep and therefore reduced energy levels. It can also be because regular consumption of alcohol changes the chemistry of the brain. It decreases he levels of serotonin - a key chemical in mental health. So, whilst having a couple of gins once in a while is perfectly healthy, it’s important to be mindful of how much we are drinking.
Recognising when things are going beyond the odd down day or if you are feeling overwhelmed by stress? Then it’s important to ask for help. If you are struggling with feelings of depression over a long period you should speak to your doctor, or a trusted family member or friend. For guidance please click here.