It can be easy to forget that not all scars are visible to the naked eye. Your mental health is just as important to take care of as your physical health. If you find yourself struggling with a mental illness or just generally feeling down, try a few of these tips to help you find yourself again and bring positivity back into your life.
- Talk about your feelings
Speak to someone you trust about the way you’re feeling and how it affects your mood. This shows that you’re taking charge of your mental health and will help you feel like you’re not alone by confiding in someone. The website Mind also provides a dedicated helpline specifically for those struggling with a mental health issue.
- Stay active
Many people who suffer from a mental illness like depression will seek ‘short-term fixes’ such as alcohol or drugs in order to escape from how they feel. However, these effects wear off, leaving you feeling worse than you did before. Instead, look for a healthier way to boost your mental health. You could get yourself into exercise: a healthy body is a healthy mind; exercise also releases endorphins which improve your mood.
- Ask for help
If you get to a point where you’re not coping very well and every day is a struggle, then you need to speak to someone. Asking for help is not a weakness, it’s a strength and shows that you accept the way you feel and you want to work to improve this. Friends and family are great to gain support from, however, you should look at speaking to a GP, counsellor or support group who can help you work through your feelings.
- Take a break
A change in scenery can seriously benefit your mental health. If you’re feeling down or finding everything is becoming a bit too much for you, then take some time for yourself. Do the things you want to do, take a trip away, indulge in your favourite hobby, watch your favourite films or meet up with your friends. Be sure to make time for yourself in amongst all of your obligations to keep your mind healthy.
- Keep hydrated
The human body is made up of 57-60% water (on average) and it’s important to ensure you keep it topped up and hydrated. Drinking water helps to improve your mood, concentration, energy levels, digestion and can help you sleep better by reducing headaches caused from lack of hydration. Keep your water intake high to keep a healthy balance in your body and to help stabilise your mood.