World Mental Health Day 2020
Top tips for Good Mental Health
- Get plenty of sleep! Sleep is really important for physical and mental health. It helps to regulate chemicals in the brain that transmit information. These chemicals are really key to managing emotions and moods. Lack of sleep can lead to increased anxiety and depression. The Sleep Foundation provides lots of tips on how to overcome sleep issues and top sleep hygiene.
- Eat Well – Did you know that certain mineral deficiencies such as iron and B12 can contribute to low mood? Try to eat a balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. If you are struggling with anxiety or are feeling restless and jittery try to cut down or cut out caffeine for a short period substitute coffee and fizzy drinks for fruit tea or caffeine free alternatives!
- Avoid Alcohol, Smoking or Drugs – Drinking and Smoking can cause withdrawal symptoms that exacerbate mental health issues. Excessive alcohol consumption for long periods of time can leave you with a thiamine deficiency. Thiamine is important for brain function and a deficiency can lead to severe memory problems, motor problems, confusion and eye problems. If you smoke, withdrawal between cigarettes can also lead to increased anxiety, headaches and irritability.
- Get plenty of sunlight – Sunlight is a great source of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is a vital vitamin for our bodies and brains. It helps the brain release serotonin and endorphins (chemicals which improve our mood) and is also good for increasing bone strength. If you are feeling low and need a pick me up, try going out for a 30 minute walk – the fresh air and vitamin D may do you some good!
- Activity and Exercise – activity and exercise is essential in maintaining good mental health. Being active not only gives you a sense of acheivement but it boosts the endorphins and serotonin levels in your brain which contribute to better moods!
Remember – If you are struggling with your mental health, ASK! There is absolutely no shame in asking someone for help or support if you’re feeling low or stressed. The more we talk about our needs and moods the less the stigma surrounding mental health will be. Everyone goes through rough patches or dark times at some point in their lives. Try speaking to family or close friends, you may be surprised at how helpful they can be! Alternatively if you feel your mental health is getting on top of you, get in touch with your GP.
You can also access mental health resources on the Mind website. Mind is a mental health charity dedicated to supporting people struggling with mental health or in crisis. You can also get in touch with the Samaritans if you feel you need to talk to someone confidentially!
We want to remind you that we are also here to help! Times are still uncertain and stressful and we are more than happy to lend an ear if you need to have a chat!
Simply get in touch with us on: 01625 538 568