Mental Health Top Tips
Ensure You're Getting Enough Sleep
This is something I never fully appreciated when I was younger. I didn’t think sleep really affected you that much and my phone was far too interesting. Turns out, I was very, very wrong. If you’re not getting enough sleep you are more likely to be irritable and angry. Lack of sleep can also lessen your ability to cope with everyday stresses and leave you feeling tense and anxious.
Food Is Your Friend
Obviously, eating healthily is really important, but I am a big believer in also eating foods that make you happy. Try not to get too hung up on your food. As long as you are putting enough food in your body to give you the energy to go about your day and you feel happy when you eat, you’re doing a pretty good job!
Switch Off And Try Putting Your Phone Away 1 Hour Before Bed
So, I never thought I would be recommending this. Up until a few weeks ago I would lay in bed on my phone every night. Take it from someone who has recently made the switch to putting their phone away at 9:30pm. It is so worth it. You get a better night sleep, it gives your mind time to switch off and it gives you an hour or so to do something you enjoy, that isn’t mindlessly scrolling through Instagram.
Talk To Those Around You
Communication is so important. Not only does it help you vocalise how you’re feeling, but it lets those around you understand what you’re going through and try to help. If you don’t feel confident talking to lots of people, try and find one person that you feel safe communicating with. This can be anyone from a friend, a family member or even a teacher.
Get To Know Yourself
Take a few moments a day to check in with yourself. Learn to understand what makes you happy, what makes you feel safe and what can trigger negative thoughts or emotions. You can do this through keeping a journal, making notes on your phone or just remembering how you’re feeling if you don’t want to write it down. Getting to know yourself and learning what causes different emotions can be a great way to manage how you feel.
Ask Yourself, "How Can You Be Of Service Today?"
This is something I have recently learnt about, but it really helps me if I am having a stressful or down day. Try and think about something you can do that can makes you of service to the people around you. This can be anything from making your parent/carer a cup of tea to checking in on a friend. Quite often, helping other people and making them smile can make you feel valued and loved.
Take Breaks To Avoid A Burnout
It can be so tempting when you have a lot of work to do to just sit in the same position for hours on end and work continuously. Although the quantity of work you get done might be amazing, it is highly likely that the quality won’t be. Try scheduling in some breaks for the day, even if this just means putting your phone away for ten minutes and having a hot drink.
This is something that we tend to forget about when we are busy or stressed. It can often drop to the bottom of our priorities because it’s not seen as a ‘necessity’. Trying to get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day can boost your mood, raise your levels of serotonin, and give you more energy. This doesn’t have to be vigorous sprinting, it can be anything from hoola-hooping, dancing round the house or taking your dogs for a walk.
Fresh Air Can Do You The World Of Good
More often than not if we are feeling down we will stay inside. However, making an effort to get a little bit of fresh air can make you feel more awake, more energised and more positive. How you get your fresh air can be anything from sitting outside for ten minutes, talking a short walk, or even just opening a window. The more fresh air you can get in a day, the better.
Be Honest With Yourself And With Others
When you’re feeling down it can be really easy to bottle it up, put on a happy face and act like it’s all okay. Although you might think you’re avoiding the problem, it is very likely that eventually the bottled-up emotions will get on top of you and leave you feeling overwhelmed. Be honest not just with others but with yourself about how you’re feeling. If you need a day to focus on you, tell people that. Your mental health should always be your priority so don’t be afraid to vocalise how you are feeling.