How to improve your everyday mental health
Mental health is a topic we should be discussing on a daily basis, and in 2017 we are still embarrassed to speak up when we’re not feeling mentally well. According to Mind charity, 1 in 4 people will suffer from a mental health issue each year, which is an alarming number of people suffering throughout the UK.
We have put together some tips on how to aim for good mental health on a daily basis.
Exercise is extremely important when aiming to feel good about yourself. Working out releases endorphins, neurotransmitters which act as a natural painkiller and all-round pick me up. Whether it’s just a walk with the dog, or a gym class with friends, it will lift your overall mood.
Socialising is also important. Harvard Health reported that meeting up and socialising with friends can reduce the risk of one developing depression, and will even lengthen your lifespan. Speaking over the phone to family or friends, or meeting a loved one for a coffee can make you feel more connected with others, and reduce the risk of loneliness.
Although difficult to achieve in the UK, light exposure or spending time in the outdoors can encourage the production of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is considered to be a natural mood enhancer, so walking to work instead of taking the bus could improve your mental health.
A good night’s sleep and a motivated mind comes hand in hand, so ensuring you have the recommended 8 hours per night is crucial. If you’re not sleeping well, your concentration is low and completing simple, everyday tasks can seem quite a challenge.
Learning something new is also a way to improve overall wellbeing. Concentrating on a new hobby or learning a new skill, according to the NHS can cope with stress better than those who don’t.
If you’re experiencing a period of bad mental health, or need to speak to someone, here at The Heeler Centre, we offer a counselling service with qualified counsellor Katherine West. Call us for more information on 01273 843780 or visit our website for more information.