Mental health tips for getting active
It’s just as important to take care of your mental health as it is your physical health, in fact the two go hand in hand.
Below are 6 practical ways to look after your mental health and get the most out of life. Making simple changes to how you live doesn’t need to cost a fortune or take up loads of time.
Anyone can follow this advice so why not start today?
Talk about your feelings
Talking about your feelings can help you to stay in good mental health and help you to deal with times when you feel troubled. Talking about your feelings isn’t a sign of weakness, in fact it’s a part of taking charge of your wellbeing and doing what you can to stay healthy and happy.
If it feels awkward at first, give it time. Make talking about your feelings something that you just do!
Regular exercise can boost self-esteem and can help you to concentrate, sleep, look and feel better. Exercise keeps the brain and all your other vital organs healthy and it can be as simple as a daily walk, gardening or a gentle swim. Try and make physical activity that you enjoy part of your day.
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. A healthy balanced diet includes:
- lots of different types of fruit and vegetables
- wholegrain cereals or bread
- nuts and seeds
- dairy products
- oily fish
- plenty of water
Eat at least three meals each day and drink plenty of water. Try to limit how many high-caffeine or sugary drinks you have, and avoid too much alcohol – it really is that simple!
Keep in touch
There is nothing better than catching up with someone face-to-face but sometimes its hard as we all lead busy lives. BUT try and keep the lines of communication open – it’s good for you! A quick telephone call, a text or a good old fashioned letter will help you to feel included and cared for and friends and family can often help you to deal with the stresses of life.
Take a break
Give yourself some ‘me time’ A change of scene or a change of pace is good for your mental health. It could be a five-minute pause from the housework a half-hour lunch break at work, or a day out exploring new places. Just a few minutes can be enough to de-stress you.
Accept who you are
We are all different. It’s much healthier to accept that you are unique than waste time wishing you were like someone else! Some people are good at sports, some more academic, some both! Be proud of who you are and focus on what you can do well. Good self-esteem will help you cope when life gets a bit tough.