World Mental Health Day 2019 - what is mental health?
What is Mental Health?
Mental Health is about the way you feel, think and the ability to deal with situations. This is a matter that is not discussed between friends, families, and colleagues. There will be a time in everyone’s life where they feel down, upset or stressed and some of those feelings can have an impact on individuals everyday lives.
How can you look after your mental health?
1. Talk about your feelings Talking about how you feel with someone you trust can be a big help when you are struggling. You do not have to tell everyone how you feel but just letting one person that you are not okay will be a big relief.
2. Staying active This is often easier said than done but keeping up with a regular routine will help you feel better, feel more energised and forget about your worries for a while. Keeping your body active will encourage your brain to stay active and boost your self-esteem and emotions. Even if you don’t feel like exercising, you will feel so much better afterward.
3. Eat Well This goes hand in hand with staying active; you will feel better about yourself and your situation if you eat well and are happy to be you. Keeping your physical health on the positive side will help your mental health too.
4. Make Time Make time for not only friends, family and colleagues but also yourself. Focus on a hobby or task that you like doing and take your mind off of your worries. Meeting up with others or having a form of interaction will help you communicate with others and enjoy doing it.
5. Ask for Help Not many people like asking for help or like to discuss issues with others but sometimes things get too much for us. That is okay and you should find support around you to help you manage your stress, feelings, anxieties or your emotions.
6. Take a Break Try something new, do something different. Take a break from your regular routine and give your brain and body a moment to recharge. You could even do something that you’re good at and enjoy doing; just take a break for you.
7. Take Care of Others Others around you may be struggling with a situation, they might not want to share that but it is important to check on everyone and tell them that you are there if they need you. This might help you both and may even bring you closer.
I am not an expert on mental health but I do know that others may need support, so take a minute out of your day to text, call or speak to someone just to check on them to see if they are okay. We are all human and it is okay not to be okay.