Look after your mental health
Do you know how to look after your mental health and wellbeing and how to support your children to do the same? There are lots of things we can do in our everyday lives to look after our mind and body.
This next month, Healthy Peterborough will be promoting mental health awareness and the local support available.
We all know that getting physically fitter helps our bodies, but what keeps our minds healthy? Like physical health, we all have mental health too. It is very common to experience problems with your mental health and it’s important to look after it, but how?
There are many things that impact on our wellbeing, or mental health, including our relationships, levels of stress, quality of sleep, diet and our physical health.
Our relationships, friendships and connections with other people are all important. They keep us connected, give us a sense of belonging and provide us with networks and support during challenging times in our lives.
We all experience stress to varying degrees, so we need to find the best way of managing this. It’s important to make sure we take breaks, find activities that we enjoy and get support when we need it to sort out our worries.
The quality of our sleep is also fundamental to how we cope with everyday life. It is important to adopt a good sleep routine to maintain good wellbeing. This means switching off devices like mobile phones and tablets an hour before we go to bed, going to sleep and waking up around the same time and considering our sleeping environment.
We know that being physically active is good for our bodies, but it can also help our minds. Exercise can help to relieve stress and in some cases will help people to ease symptoms of depression and anxiety. Exercising can also help you to get a better night’s sleep, so try building an activity you enjoy into your day to see if you can feel better.
For more information on how to manage stress, improve your sleep and make lifestyle changes visit www.nhs.uk/OneYou which has a range of apps, like ‘Couch to 5k’, a walking tracker and ‘easy meals’, to help you make the changes that can help improve your wellbeing.
For information specifically on children’s mental health including how to look after their wellbeing, advice on bullying, sleep and stress busting, as well as local services when extra help is needed, visit www.keep-your-head.com.