Caring for your individual mental health
Every year, 10th October marks World Mental Health Day, organised by the World Health Organisation. Its aim is simple – to champion the work of those in the mental health sector, and raise awareness of mental health campaigns around the world.
However, here at Liferaft, we know how important it is that positive wellbeing is supported all year round. Unfortunately, the topic of mental health is still considered controversial in many areas, which makes providing advice and support even more challenging.
We know that the topic of mental health should not be overlooked or dismissed. As the World Health Organisation constitution states: ‘Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.’ At an individual level, our mental health impacts our ability to interact and communicate with others, think and behave, and work.
The mental health charity Mind states that mental health problems currently affect one in four people in Britain – with issues ranging from depression and anxiety to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
One in four people in Britain – it’s a staggering statistic. This is why we feel it’s even more crucial that awareness of mental health is raised in the country. The attitude surrounding mental health needs to change; individuals who feel they have been misunderstood by their peers need to feel supported.
If you’re suffering with mental health problems, or you’re a concerned loved one, we have put together a few tips to encourage a greater sense of wellbeing. We do of course recommend anyone to seek medical advice too. Check out our list of resources that provide support and advice on mental health here.
Talk to those you trust about your feelings
Whether it’s a close friend you can talk to, or family members you trust, it’s so important that you share how you feel with others. Opening up about your mood, thoughts and challenges can often feel like a weight has been lifted. The people you choose to talk to may even be able to help you alleviate your worries and feel less lonely.
Get involved in an activity you enjoy
If there are any hobbies or activities you enjoy, go and take part! Make time for things you enjoy doing and are good at, whether it’s playing an instrument, participating in a sport or immersing yourself in arts and crafts. Hobbies and activities work as stress-relievers that can also boost your self-esteem.
Maintain a healthy lifestyle
Supporting a healthy lifestyle through eating well and keeping fit not only improves your physical health, but lifts mental wellbeing too. It helps to promote self-confidence and is another opportunity to take time out of your everyday life. Following a balanced diet – with a mixture of fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, oily fish and water – also helps improve mood and energy levels.
Keep a note of you how you feel
Much like talking to those you trust, it can be useful to keep a record of your feelings. From this, you may be able to analyse patterns and triggers for specific problems. We also recommend recording your achievements and goals.
Liferaft is ideal for recording this, as well as capturing other important information such as medical appointments and dietary information.
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