Sexual & General Health

Mental Health

10 ways to look after your mental health

A depressed guyBelow are ten suggestions that will help you do this. They are all popular and proven ways which either done separately or combined will help improve your mental health and state-of-mind.

Talk about your feelings

Sharing your feelings with others and being listened to can help enormously. A problem shared is a problem halved or so the saying goes...

Keep active

Physical activity is a proven way to keep mentally well. Exercise makes us feel better immediately through the release of uplifting chemicals into our bodies. It can also help us concentrate, sleep better, and look and feel better in all sorts of ways. It can also be a great way to meet people!

Eat well

A balanced diet is essential to maintaining good mental health. Research shows direct links between what we eat and our mental well-being. However, a little bit of what you fancy ... chocolate is beneficial as it stimulates the happy hormones.

Drink sensibly

Even though it can make us feel good in the short term, alcohol is a depressant. Sensible drinking is important, particularly when we are feeling low or anxious.

Keep in touch with friends and loved ones

Close relationships have a huge impact on how we feel on a daily basis so manage them the best way you know how.

Ask for help

If you think you may need more than a friend's listening ear, see your GP and be clear about how you feel. Maybe think about seeing a counsellor. Talking therapies can help you work through your problems.

Take a break

A change of scene can change the way you feel about things. Remember what they say, 'a change is as good as a rest.'

Do something you're good at'

Activities can distract you from feeling negative and promote a sense of well-being through achievement.

Accept who you are

Accepting ourselves, acknowledging both the good and bad points, can help us to see things in perspective. It can help us to set realistic expectations of ourselves, play to our strengths, and accept the things we can't do or change.

Care for others

Helping other people or looking after a pet can make us feel useful and needed. It may also give you structure to your daily routine.

Mark Castle-Woodhams, August 2008