Updated 19 July 2020

Good Mental Health

I don’t know about you but more and more I’m keen to do what I can to keep my mental health as well as it can be.  So I was intrigued as to what exactly is good for my mental health, there are some pretty obvious, but maybe there are some not so.

These ten ways to maintain good mental health are a great start.

Top 10 Tips for Good Mental Health

1. Sleep

Sleep is really important for your physical and mental health. If you don’t get enough sleep, you can start to feel depressed or anxious.  This article from Slumber Smart provides some great tips on how to get a good night’s sleep.

2. Eat well

Eating well isn’t just important for your body, but it’s also important for your mind. Mineral deficiencies, such as iron and vitamin B12 deficiencies, can give you a low mood.

3. Avoid Alcohol, Smoking and Drugs

When you’ve had a few drinks you can feel more depressed and anxious the next day, and it can be harder to concentrate. If you smoke, between cigarettes your body and brain go into withdrawal which makes you irritable and anxious. Other drugs can often cause very low moods and anxiety.

4. Sunlight

Sunlight is a great source of vitamin D. Vitamin D is a really important vitamin for our bodies and our brains. It helps your brain to release chemicals which improves your mood, like endorphins.

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5. Limit stress

Stress is often unavoidable, but knowing what triggers your stress and knowing how to cope is key in maintaining good mental health.

6. Exercise

Exercising can help eliminate low mood, anxiety, stress and feeling tired and lazy.

7. Do something that makes you happy

Try to make time for doing things you enjoy. If you don’t spend any time doing things you enjoy, you will very quickly become irritable and unhappy.

8. Be Social

Make an effort to maintain good relationships and talk to people whenever you get the chance.  It’s not always easy, but it does make such a difference.

9. Do things for others

Helping others isn’t just good for the people you’re helping; it’s good for you too. Feeling as though you’re part of a community is a really important part of your mental health.

10. Ask for help!

One of the most important ways to keep yourself mentally healthy is to recognise when you are beginning to struggle and to know when to ask for help. There’s no shame in asking someone for support if you’re feeling low or stressed.

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My personal plan…

So for now I intend to use my time wisely and work on a couple of the above points.  Sleeping and eating I tend to be okay with.  I don’t smoke or do drugs (licking the spoon of Calpol doesn’t count right?), although my downfall is bubbles.

Sunlight is something I can’t really do much about a lot of the time, we do live in Britain after all! I can’t even begin to limit stress at the moment LOL, but I do need to start running again.

Something that does make me happy baking and cooking with the boys.  Check out our latest recipes here.

Combining being social and doing things for others, then I’ve become a social media advocate for The Trussell Trust Foodbank.

So what do you guys do to help with good mental health?  I’d love to hear how you look after yourself in the comments below, what works for you?

Fay x

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