Good mental health is all about being able to cope with your positive and negative emotions, coping with change, creating and maintaining relationships (family, partners, friends, colleagues etc), realising your own potential and living a happier, healthier lifestyle without constant worries of ‘what if’.
Good mental health and well-being is all about the achievement and maintenance of your physical and mental stability.
The ability to ENJOY LIFE is essential to good mental health and well-being!
Anyone can suffer from mental health problems – it is very common but the sad thing is people dont want to be open and talk about it. They suffer in silence believing there is a stigma attached to mental health problems and that they will be thought of as ‘crazy’ but that isn’t the case. Mental health issues can occur at any time in anyone’s life. It may be someone has been the victim of abuse or neglect, illness or trauma, it may be that mental health is in the family history – mental health problems are very common but the good thing is there is alot of help available.
Many people dont want to open up to a therapist, doctor or counsellor and thats understandable, telling a ‘stranger’ how you feel – but it really isn’t that bad, in fact it is just the opposite and speaking about these problems and getting the right help means you can leave those problems in the past and learn how to cope and move on from them!
There are also some things you can do yourself or for others who you may think are suffering from mental health problems (it also depends on individual circumstances as some people will need professional help and support).
Here are some of the things you can do to maintain positive mental health and well-being:
- Seek professional help if you (or someone you know) needs it
- Get active and exercise more – even just walking in fresh air helps
- Connecting with others, join a group and do something you enjoy, even if it is just meeting others for a cuppa and a chat
- Staying positive – try not to think of the negative things but try to see something good in every day and appreciate what you have
- Do something to help someone else – this always feels good to help someone else who needs it
- Eat healthy – you can still have treats but try to ensure you have a good balance if proteins, fruit and vegetables
- Getting plenty of sleep
- Develop coping skills
- Did you know smiling is one of the most powerful and positive things you can do to feel better in yourself as well as making others feel better? Well its true!
- Listening to music, reading or learning to play a musical instrument are also good ways to reduce stress and improve your mental health.
- Try some CBT – Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – if you want to know how CBT can help you please contact Mood Breakers for more information.
If you feel you do need someone to talk to and cant open up to your family or friends, Mood Breakers can help you every step of the way!
Talking is good!