It’s mental health week, 9 to 15 May. It’s so important to look after your own mental health but this week is also a good opportunity to reflect on those who are currently displaced by war, and how that might be affecting their mental health.
In day-to-day life we’re often encouraged to look after our mental health through these ten common tips:
- Getting out in the sun and fresh air – this can often be done by going for a walk or sitting in a garden or park.
- Exercising – then the body releases endorphins which makes you feel happier.
- Talking to friends and family – chatting to others over a cup of tea can help reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness.
- Getting creative – from playing the piano to doodling on a piece of paper, doing something creative can distract the mind and make you feel better.
- Doing something new – if you feel stuck in a rut then doing something new can make you feel better. It doesn’t have to be anything crazy like jumping out of a plane but could be as simple as going to a new restaurant or a different coffee shop.
- Having something to look forward to – booking a day out or a holiday can help you keep motivated.
- Writing down your thoughts and feelings – keeping a diary or journal can be helpful, especially if you struggle speaking about what you’re feeling.
- Creating a routine – this can be beneficial for your mental health as it may keep you focused.
- Eat good food – food that makes your soul happy or that you look forward to eating is great. But also making sure you get all those minerals and vitamins your body needs will make you feel even better.
- And, above all, if you’re struggling with your mental health, reach out for support from a healthcare professional.