World Mental Health Day

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Today, 10th October, is World Mental Health Day. The overall objective of World Mental Health Day is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health.

To mark the day, we thought we’d put together a small check list of things we can all do to help improve our mental health

World Mental Health Day

Healthy Body; Healthy Mind

Research has shown that a working on maintaining a healthy body can improve your mental health. Be sure to exercise regularly to aid your  physical fitness and keep a balanced diet.Even a couple of hours a week will benefit your mental health. Partner this with a healthy, balanced diet and you are taking the right steps to good physical and mental health. Also try to drink plenty of water and always get a good night’s sleep. Research has demonstrated that lack of sleep can contribute to a high rate of depression.

Connect

Connecting with others is a great way to boost your mental health. It gives you a sense of belonging and can provide a support network. Connecting with others gives life meaning and provides emotional security. Spend time with supportive family members and friends. Make the effort to meet new people – join a club, take up a new class.  Put yourself in a position where you can meet new people and establish new connections that contribute to your positive mental health.

Coping with Stress

Acknowledge that stress is a part of life and it’s not just going to disappear – but there are many ways you can cope with it and relieve it rather than let in consume you. The key is to focus on realigning the mind away from stress. Try meditation or do Yoga or try Tai Chi. Try a new exercise like swimming or go for a walk in a green area near you and take in nature. Learn a musical instrument, write some poetry, take up a new hobby –  build up a number of ways you feel reduce your stress.

Talk to someone

Never be afraid to seek help and talk to someone about your mental health. If you broke a bone you would go to the doctor and you would tal about it to your friends and family – the same applies to your mental health as it does to the bones in your body. There is always support out there – whether that be friends and family or professional support and effective treatment.


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