Ways to look after our mental health

The state of our mental health isn’t fixed. It can be good or it can be poor, it’s important to know ways to look after it and encourage these activities within the family. Here are some things anyone can try to help look after their wellbeing.

Youth Mental Health Getting SupportExercise

This helps increase energy levels, use up excess energy and improves sleep. It also helps manage stress and anger and has a number of social benefits for young people. Encouraging regular exercise in the family can help start good patterns.

Nutrition

Having a balanced diet can help with energy levels, weight control and self-esteem. It’s easy to fall into bad habits, but do try and eat well as a family.

Relax

It’s very easy to overlook making time for yourself with the hectic pace of life we all lead. But it’s essential for your mental health to find ways to take time out and relax. We all have different things we find relaxing; what we do doesn’t matter as much as actually doing it.

Sleep

This is crucial to our physical and mental health. It re-energises us, helps our bodies to heal and keeps our memory working properly. There are many things you can do to improve your quality of sleep including exercise, avoiding stimulants and implementing a daily routine or bed-time.

For younger people working on good sleeping habits is crucial for their development.

Work on your self-esteem

Improving your son or daughter’s self-esteem is necessary for their a mental health. Challenging negative thinking, accepting yourself and not comparing yourself to others will help to develop your self-confidence.

Talk

Sometimes sharing things with friends and family can help us all through and tough time, by helping get some perspective.

Not only that, but staying connected and being social, anything from going to the movies or meeting people for a coffee goes a long way to looking after your mental health.

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