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Today marks World Mental Health Day.
Each year, the World Federation for Mental Health dedicates the 10th of October to promoting advancements in mental health awareness.
This year’s theme is Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World.
The aim of today is to highlight the issues being faced by young people and to start a conversation about what we all need to lead a happier and healthier life.
How to look after your mental health.
Mental health is something we all have, whether we suffer from mental health issues or not, and therefore it is vital that we all make efforts to look after it just as we would our physical health.
Taking part in regular exercise can have a positive impact on your self-esteem and mood. A study done in 2010 showed that people who took part in low-intensity exercise felt more content and less stressed after exercise than they had done prior.
You don’t have to be spending hours and hours in the gym to see positive results – going for a walk could be enough to have a positive impact on your mood!
Talk to someone
Talking out loud is a great way to work through your feelings. Saying your concerns aloud can help you to clarify why you’re worrying and could help you find a new perspective on the situation.
Make time for you
Making time every day for a little bit of ‘me time’ can have a huge positive impact on your mental health. You don’t have to sit cross-legged in a garden contemplating the meaning of life, just giving yourself half an hour exploring something new, meeting a friend for coffee or reading a good book is enough!
Making time for yourself to do things that you enjoy allows you to be more aware of the present, which can help you to overcome mental challenges.
Just like every other part of your body, your brain needs nutrients to stay healthy and happy. A balanced diet that satisfies your body by giving it what it needs nutritionally is therefore also one that has a positive impact on your mental health.
What if that's not enough?
As useful as these tips are, sometimes going for a walk or talking to your friends and family is not enough. If things are getting too much for you, there are loads of resources and people out there that can offer you guidance.
If you’re looking for a bit of support, here are websites and contacts that can provide guidance: