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Resources for Mental Health

Mental health support is the everyday assistance offered by family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues, as well as places of help in a variety of settings, and plays a vital role in a person’s mental health and wellbeing. Research shows that support provides important benefits to our physical and emotional health. Stress may be related to a number of health concerns, from mental health problems to chronic health problems like heart disease and migraines. However, social support can help protect people from the harmful effects of stress. When dealing with a stressful situation, people are less likely to report stress-related health problems when they feel like they have support from others.

Support Your Own Mental Health

It’s essential to take care of yourself to improve or maintain mental health. Your mental health influences how you think, feel and behave in daily life. It also affects your ability to cope with stress, overcome challenges, build relationships, and recover from life’s setbacks and hardships. Whether you’re looking to cope with a specific problem, handle your emotions better, or simply to feel more positive and energetic, there are plenty of things you can do to take control of your mental health—starting today. What works for one person may not work for another and including a variety of tools can increase the likelihood of achieving your best possible life.

Listed are some suggestions for different ways to enhance your mental health. Making simple changes to how you live doesn’t need to cost a fortune or take up loads of time. Anyone can follow this advice and start today.

Talk about your feeling-Talking about your feelings can help you stay in good mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled.
Keep active-Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem and can help you concentrate, sleep, and look and feel better. Exercise keeps the brain and your other vital organs healthy and is also a significant benefit towards improving your mental health.
Eat well-Your brain needs a mix of nutrients in order to stay healthy and function well, just like the other organs in your body. A diet that’s good for your physical health is also good for your mental health.
Drink sensibly-We often drink alcohol to change our mood. Some people drink to deal with fear or loneliness, but the effect is only temporary. When the drink wears off, you feel worse because of the way the alcohol has affected your brain and the rest of your body. Drinking is not a good way to manage difficult feelings.
Keep in touch-There’s nothing better than catching up with someone face to face, but that’s not always possible. You can also give them a call, drop them a note, or chat to them online instead. Keep the lines of communication open: it’s good for you!
Ask for help-None of us are superhuman. We all sometimes get tired or overwhelmed by how we feel It’s important to take care of yourself and get the most from life.
Take a break-A change of scene or a change of pace is good for your mental health. It could be a five-minute pause from cleaning your kitchen, a half-hour lunch break at work, or a weekend exploring somewhere new. A few minutes can be enough to de-stress you. Give yourself some ‘me time’.
Do something you’re good at-What do you love doing? What activities can you lose yourself in? What did you love doing in the past?
Enjoying yourself can help beat stress-Doing an activity you enjoy probably means you’re good at it, and achieving something boosts your self-esteem
Accept who you are-We’re all different. It’s much healthier to accept that you’re unique than to wish you were more like someone else. Feeling good about yourself boosts your confidence to learn new skills, visit new places and make new friends. Good self-esteem helps you cope when life takes a difficult turn.

Do a mindfulness activity two to five times per day in moments of tension and also relaxation:

Deliberately pause what you’re doing.
Take a deep breath in; imagine in your mind taking a step back.
Turn inward; notice what you feel inside your body and mind.
Suspend judgment; let anything come up.
Observe without evaluating.Label what you notice (“I’m feeling _______________”).
Observe the experience as if you were watching a friend move

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