looking after your mental health

Hey Bev Fam,
Don’t forget to slow down this month. Check in with yourself to see how you’re REALLY feeling. Take some time for rest, relaxation or fun – whatever your soul needs 🌿 Want a few ideas for looking after your mental health?‍ Take a look at the Mental Health Foundation's 10 practical ways to look after your mental health. See here for the original source of this information provided & further reading materials.


1. TALK ABOUT YOUR FEELINGS: Talking through your feelings can help you work through and deal with times when you feel troubled. It can be difficult to put in words what you may be feeling, but you can improve on articulating them in time and better express yourself in the process.
2. KEEP ACTIVE: Through regular exercise, you can boost your self-esteem, improve your concentration, and get deeper sleep. Physical activity keeps the brain and your other vital organs healthy. It is also a significant benefit towards improving your mental health as physical exertion can lead to a bump in the production of endorphins, which are your brain's "feel-good" neurotransmitters.


3. EAT WELL: Your brain needs a mix of nutrients in order to stay healthy and function well, just like the other organs in your body. A diet that’s good for your physical health is also good for your mental health.
4. DRINK SENSIBLY: Some drink alcohol to change their mood. Some people drink to deal with fear or loneliness, but the effect is only temporary. It is important to check in with yourself, moderate your consumption, and look for an alternative to navigate hard moments as drinking is not a good way to manage difficult feelings.


5. KEEP IN TOUCH: There’s nothing better than catching up with someone face to face, but that’s not always possible. You can also give them a call, drop them a note, or chat to them online instead. Keep the lines of communication open: it’s good for you!


6. ASK FOR HELP: We all have moments where we feel tired or overwhelmed or experinces where things don’t go according to plan. In these moments where you feel you can’t cope, reach out to ask for help. Family & friends may be able to offer support or listen to help you sort through your thoughts. Local services are also a valuable resource.


7. TAKE A BREAK: A change of pace and / or environment can help you destress and gain a different perspective. Whether it is a a five-minute pause from cleaning your kitchen, a half-hour lunch break at work, or a weekend exploring somewhere new, give yourself a moment to catch your breath, collect your thoughts, and recharge.


8. DO SOMETHING YOU'RE GOOD AT: Is there something you love to do? What activities can you lose yourself in? Enjoying yourself in your favorite activity can help beat stress. By doing something you enjoy and excel in, you can feel a sense of achievement and help boost your self-esteem.


9. ACCEPT WHO YOU ARE: We’re all different -- it's healthy to accept that you’re unique than to wish you were more like someone else. Feeling good about yourself boosts your confidence to learn new skills, visit new places and make new friends. Being grounded in who you are will help you better cope with life's ebbs & flows.
10. CARE FOR OTHERS: Caring for others is often an important part of keeping up relationships with people close to you. It can even bring you closer together.



Mental Health Foundation