Today, 10 October, is World Mental Health Day, a day which came about by the need to raise awareness in mental health and wellbeing issues. Good mental health is something many take for granted, but there are many things you can do to maintain good mental health and wellbeing. See our five points to better mental health below:
1. Balance is the key
Doing too much of any one thing (e.g. work) can be unhealthy. It is important to have some leisure time because when a person does something they enjoy it balances their emotional and mental health. A balanced diet and regular exercise can help you keep fit. Taking time to relax (using formal techniques) and to pamper yourself (e.g. a massage or a warm bath) can also reduce stress.
2. A problem shared, is a problem halved
We all lead busy lives, but it is important to take quality time out for family and friends. Being surrounded by those whom we can trust, gives us support when we need it and connecting with others improves our emotional intelligence, which is good in resolving conflicts.
3. Focus on the bigger picture
We all lose perspective at times and let small annoyances in life drag us down, but we should try to push these aside so we can focus on what really matters. Take a moment and remove yourself from the stress, even just for a short time. However, if you feel overwhelmed by just how much needs to be done, do not focus on each task's deadline but take things one step at a time.
4. Be creative
Taking a break from the old routine to challenge your creativity or be inspired, may not only teach you new skills and keep your brain active, but can also be a temporary diversion from your troubles and improve how you feel.
5. Be nice to yourself
Writing down, and saying positive statements about yourself can lift your spirits and are proven to better your outlook on life and your behaviour. By doing this, it may help you limit negative thoughts, which can waste your time and drain your energy, and in turn, improve your mental health.