We all need good mental health and wellbeing – it’s essential to living happy and healthy lives. Here are 6 areas of life where simple changes can make a big difference. Why not start today?
1. Reframe unhelpful thoughts
The way we think, feel and behave are linked. Sometimes we develop patterns of thoughts or behaviours that are unhelpful so recognising them, and taking steps to think about things differently, can improve your mental health and wellbeing.
2. Be in the present
If we take time to be aware of ourselves and be in the present moment, noticing our own thoughts and feelings, and the world around us, we can gain a better perspective. Sometimes this is known as being more mindful.
3. Get good sleep
Good-quality sleep makes a big difference to how we feel mentally and physically, so it’s important to get enough.
4. Connect with others
Spending quality time with friends or family, talking to someone about how we are feeling or finding ways to help other people can all help stop you from feeling lonely and improve your mental health and wellbeing. This can be online, by phone or seeing someone in person.
5. Live a healthy life
Being active, enjoying the outdoors and having a healthy, balanced diet all impact how we feel. Also, binning bad habits like smoking, and cutting down on alcohol and caffeine can have a positive effect on our mood.
6. Do something for yourself
From enjoying your favourite hobby, learning something new or simply taking time to relax, it’s important to do things that make you happy, like trying a new hobby or learning a new skill.
Taking into consideration that our bodies have been put under a lot of emotional stress, anxiety and ill health due to Covid-19 and lockdown, it may benefit you to arrange a day or evening out. This can be particularly helpful in bringing you back to a place of peace with yourself and a reminder of normality and some awareness of who you are and what you enjoyed before this pandemic. For recommendations please click here.