This week was Mental Health Awareness week and I couldn't help but notice that it received a lot more attention from Bloggers and Instagrammers. Plenty of people mentioned it and discussed their own experiences as well as general tips on how to 'help' your mental health.
Whether your actively aware of it or not the fact of the matter is that we all have mental health. Good mental health enables us to thrive in our daily lives and this doesn't mean just the absence of a defined mental health illness but the ability to cope with the challenges that life throws our way.
I read a study recently (always keeping up to date) and it kind of surprised me to learn that a survey was carried out which asked people about their mental health of those surveyed only 13% of people without a diagnosed mental health illness felt that they were 'thriving' with good mental health which is a bit worrying. We as a nation are thriving with our physical health so why are we merely surviving with our mental health?
Its time we took control of our own happiness and reflect on the positives and negatives that are in our lives and seek to try and control them or at least control the way we think about them.
Here's some tips on helping maintaining good mental health, hopefully you'll find them useful!
- Its good to talk - Bottling up those feelings won't get you anywhere. Talk about your worries with someone you trust. Even if its just to rant about a work problem, it's always good to vent!
- Take time out - Have some me time. Whether its 5 minutes on your own, taking yourself out of the office on your lunch break at work or a mini city break, its good to escape the norm for a while to rest, recharge and get back on track. I take 'mental health evenings' where I run a bath and just soak away the stress with a face mask and a cup of tea, works every time!
- Self acceptance - I think one of the most important and defining moments in my life was when I stopped comparing myself to others and just accepted myself with all my good and bad points. Wishing to be someone else will do nothing for your self esteem, you are unique...embrace it!
- Do what you are good at - Some of you may have hobbies or interests so why not try to set aside a little bit of time to spend on these activities. It doesn't have to be anything complicated or expensive, something as simple as going for a walk or a little bit of shopping will help boost your mood and also your self esteem and gives you a little escape when times are tough.
I hope these little tips are useful. We all have days when things are a bit tough or challenging but the important thing is that you put yourself and your mental wellbeing first.
P.S If you feel that you are having more bad days than good days, please speak to your doctor and they will do their best to find a way to help.