Don’t wait until you are struggling with your mental health. There are lots of things we can do to protect ourselves and prevent problems escalating, just as we do with our physical health.
1- Find purpose and meaning in life
Everyone finds meaning and purpose in different ways that involve benefiting others, as well as yourself. You may think of it as a way to feel needed, feel good about yourself, a purpose that drives you on, or simply a reason to get out of bed in the morning.
Caring for a pet – pets are a responsibility, but caring for one makes you feel needed and loved. There’s no love quite as unconditional as the love a pet can give. Animals can also get you out of the house for exercise and expose you to new people and places.
Spend some quality time with people who matters to you, whether they’re your children, friends, grandchildren or elderly relatives
Be more aware of the present moment, including your feelings and thoughts, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness “mindfulness”, and it can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.
Take a break from the screens- TV, phone, tablet, computer—in the two hours before bedtime
Do something active every day- see ideas below to incorporate some physical activity into your life
5- Be more active
Staying active is as good for the brain as it is for the body. When you improve your physical health, you’ll automatically experience greater mental and emotional well-being. Physical activity also releases endorphins, powerful chemicals that lift your mood and provide added energy.
We are all social creatures with emotional needs for relationships and positive connections to others. We’re not meant to survive, let alone thrive, in isolation. This is why social connection is important, especially face to face.
Learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. There are lots of activities that you can get yourself involved in, from joining local cookery classes, to attending a local woodwork/craft group.
Worry and anxiety about everyday issues such as debt, unemployment and family issues?- get free advice
Help is available to get you back into work after a long period of unemployment- visit HeadsUp
Visit the CAB website for information about renting or buying a home or just finding somewhere to live. You can also find advice on handling problems with your landlord and help to avoid losing your home. Get advice on applying for homeless help from the council.