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A new year brings a fresh start, new goals and a positive mind set. One of the most important things we should all focus more attention on is our mental health. As someone who has suffered with anxiety for many years, I have learned the best ways to look after my mental health when I feel it slipping. Below are a few things that work for me, and hopefully will for you. Let’s make 2022 the year we all prioritise mental health…
1. Talk about how you are feeling
Whether you’re feeling good or not, it’s really important to talk about what’s going on in your life. If you have a close group of friends or a family member that you’re comfortable opening up to, make time to do this regularly. It’s very easy for us to say we’re ok and brush our feelings under the carpet but this could lead to a bigger problem later down the line.
For me, exercise has always really helped my mental health. Exercise doesn’t have to mean hitting the gym every day, just something that gets you moving and gets your heart rate up. I really enjoy walking, the fresh air is great for clearing your mind. I also have a Fitbit fitness tracker to monitor how many steps I do each day. I find this really motivating and it definitely encourages me to get out for a walk even if I don’t really feel like it.
3. Do more of what you love
What do you love to spend your time doing? What is it that makes you truly happy? It could be a hobby, walking the dog, a trip to the cinema, maybe a date night? Or even a pamper session at home. Whatever it is that fills you with joy, make more time for it. When we’re busy, stressed and tired we don’t make time for the things we enjoy and this grinds us down over time.
4. Get enough sleep
Sleep is incredibly important for our body and mind. If you don’t get enough sleep not only are you tired and irritable but it can also negatively effect our mental health. Getting a good nights sleep can make us feel happier and be more productive. If you’re struggling with sleep, there are lots of tips online that can help you get a good sleep. Such as regulating your body clock by going to bed and waking up at a similar time each day.
5. Be in the present
Now this may be easier said than done sometimes but it really can help if you are able to live a little more in the present, and worry less about the past and future. Try practicing mindfulness – acknowledge how you are feeling right now and the things you are grateful for. You could get yourself a mindfulness journal and fill it out first thing each morning, or even last thing before bed. It really helps to focus you on the here and now.
6. Eat a balanced diet
As with exercise, eating a healthy balanced diet can help us to feel better in ourselves. Poor food choices, or drinking too much caffeine or alcohol can make us feel sluggish, lack motivation and just generally not very positive about ourselves. Eating a balanced diet doesn’t have to mean going on a strict diet – it’s simply about making better choices.
7. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Most importantly, if you are struggling don’t be afraid to ask for help. You may want to consider online counselling. The Awareness Centre offers online and telephone counselling 7 days a week, so you can access support at a time that is suitable for you.
“Your therapist will discuss with you about how best to support you through telephone or online counselling. They offer support for a wide range of issues, using a number of approaches to therapy. If you feel you need support but are uncertain as to how counselling might help you, what it involves and how to get started just call 020 8673 4545 and one of our friendly reception team can answer your questions and help find you the right therapist for you.”
What things do you do to look after your mental health?
Thank you for reading.