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8 ways to show your mental health some TLC

Did you know one in four of us is affected by a mental health disorder at some point in our life? Despite this, so many of us leave our mental wellbeing on the back burner. Behind the gym. That enormous pile of washing. Next week’s work presentation.

But taking care of your mental health doesn’t have to cost a penny. Or even take up much time. We’ve listed eight ways you can show your mental health some love below. Whether you embrace one, a couple or all eight, it’s up to you. Just remember to take things off the back burner once in a while. Your mental health will thank you for it.

have a natter

We get it, talking about mental health is sometimes easier said than done, but there’s truth in the old adage ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’. Bottling up stress, anxious or negative thinking can build up and feel worse over time. So grab a pal, your other half, or a trusted colleague and have a little chat. It doesn’t have to be much or too deep, but you might find it releases some tension. 

If you feel like you need to chat to a professional, head to your GP who can talk you through options, such as talking therapy.

get active

Don’t worry, guys. By ‘active’ we’re not suggesting spending hours slogging it out down the gym. Moderate exercise is enough to help improve your mood and general wellbeing, according to Rethink Mental Illness. So, whether you prefer getting your heart rate up by swimming lengths or on a brisk walk in the park, aim to exercise for around 150 minutes a week. Solo exercise not your thing? Not a problem. Running groups or league sports are great options if you prefer some extra motivation and company.

woman doing yoga to de-stress on eve mattress

find a routine

Having a routine helps us feel grounded in times of uncertainty. Whether it’s waking up at the same time each morning, going outdoors every afternoon or winding down the same way each night, research suggests it can work wonders for our mental health – and our sleep. 

log off

Lots of studies suggest spending hours scrolling on your phone can have negative effects on our mental health. Especially in young people. So try stepping away from your screen for an hour each evening and spend time doing something else you enjoy. Talking of which…

be crafty

Painting. Pottery. Knitting. Whatever your medium, embrace your creative side. Rethink Mental Illness tell us it’s a brilliant way to support your mental wellbeing, relax and be in the moment. Don’t mind us, we’re just off to Hobbycraft. Brb.

cut down the units

A few gins down the pub might leave you feeling warm and fuzzy, but the effect is temporary. Drinking alcohol can exacerbate low mood, be demotivating, impact physical health, and disturb your sleep. We’re not suggesting you go t-total (sometimes, a lovely cold glass of wine at the end of the day is a blissful moment to wind down). But, it’s definitely wise to moderate drinking to make sure you’re left feeling fine and not fuzzy.

give back

Supporting other people is an activity that helps our own wellbeing, say Rethink Mental Illness. And even small acts of kindness give us a much-needed boost. So whether you go big and volunteer, or start small by helping out a neighbour, it’s cool (for you and them) to give back.

prioritise sleep

Saved the best until last, didn’t we? Sleep is essential to both physical and mental health, but catching those Zzz’s isn’t always easy. We’ve got a host of sleep tips right here that should help. And, we’re biased, but we always think a gloriously comfortable bed helps.

When looking after your mental health, it’s sometimes good to start small and think flexibly. Much like sleep routines, self-care feels different to everyone. And, of course, if you’re worried about your mental health, always visit your GP or head over to Mental Health UK for more information.

19 comments

  1. Thank you. Sleep is the most important for living a better and peaceful life. One should take care of life physically as well as mentally.

  2. This is very good and we always want to happy mentally and mental happiniess always help us to grow fast. Thanks for share

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  5. Amazing tips, easy to follow to maintain physical and mental health. Staying lazy, stressful lifestyle and insomnia can actually lead to mental disorders.

  6. is stress also causes mental health problem?

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  9. Having a healthy diet and a healthy meal plan is towards a healthy mind. In this busy lifestyle, it is very important to have healthy eating habits and then only we can lead a peaceful life. What you eat till 30 reflects after you turn 60 so eat wisely to live happi

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  12. Smoking, drugs and alcohol are not great for us physically or mentally. In regards to alcohol, when we’ve had a few drinks it can leave us feeling anxious and not so good the next day. . Most of the people take medicine to reduce their stress but it would be better if they take natural food to decrease their mental stress. Nice written and very informative post. Thank you so much for sharing this…I recently found your blog and when I am reading it I loved it…Now I’ll read your blogs regularly. Thank you

  13. Having a routine helps us feel grounded in times of uncertainty. Agree with the author completely. We need to maintain the rules to maintain our mental health. Often we don’t sleep properly, don’t take food in time, take excessive stress. We should not do this. We should strictly follow these rules. Thanks for sharing this post!!!

  14. When looking after your mental health, it’s sometimes good to start small and think flexibly. This is very good and we always want to happy mentally and mental happiness always help us to grow fast. Thanks for share

  15. By setting realistic and reachable goals, it will provide a great sense of accomplishment and self-worth as you progress. This reduces stress and increases confidence, so it’s a win-win for you. This is some really good information about mental health options. I liked that you pointed out that you should be really realistic about how you should handle the issues. It might be smart to start with talking to an expert about what options will work well with you.

  16. Many of us skip breakfast, but it is and always will be the most important meal of the day. There are many on-the-go breakfast meals that you can now take with you, such as granola bars, yogurt, and instant oatmeal packs, if you’re not one to eat early in the morning. Thanks, For sharing these health tips with us will say you are giving great tips for health these tips definitely help people suffering from stress or having lack of sleep great work keep doing

  17. I appreciate your article. I am a regular visitor of your website, Please keep writing. Wish you all the best.

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  19. Très bon post.
    Merci pour ces moments de partage.

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