10 ways to look after your mental health

Talk about your feelings

Letting loved ones know how you feel can be daunting, but remember they care about you! Let the conversation happen naturally, if it feels awkward at first just give it more time

Eat well

What we eat can have a big affect on how we feel, try to limit the amount of caffeine and sugar you intake. Everything in moderation!

Drink sensibly

Drinking alcohol is not a good way to manage your feelings. Drinking too much can cause further health issues

Keep in touch

Friends and family can make you feel included, cared for and loved. They can also help with certain problems

Take a break

Just a few minutes can be enough to lower your stress levels. Make sure you take your lunch break at work, go outside for some fresh air or go on a short break somewhere.

Stay active

Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem and confidence, meaning it can help you mentally as well as physically. 

Ask for help

There are plenty of people you can discuss things with, such as those close to you or your GP. Visit www.mentalhealth.org.uk/gettinghelp

For further advice on who you can speak to

Do something you enjoy

Doing something you enjoy can help beat stress. Concentrating on a hobby can allow you to forget your worries for a while and lift your spirits

Accept who you are

Nobody is perfect and we are all different. Focus on what you can do well, be proud of who you are and be kind to yourself!

Care for others

Helping others can boost your self-esteem, your feeling of worth and it can bring you closer to others. A good deed can go a long way to helping someone and helping yourself

Information provided by Mental Health Foundation.

Visit www.mentalhealth.org.uk for further information