If you are angry at someone, eat something
If you think someone is angry at you, go to bed
If you are angry at yourself, have a shower
If you are angry at everything, go outside
Taking care of our mental health is not reserved just for the times we are struggling but good practice to think about by building it up day to day. That way, when rough patches occur, our ability to manage and feel resilient could be stronger. Working on a positive mental state also has a knock-on impact to the physical, and vice versa. However, there are many contributing factors that affect all facets of our mental wellbeing and looking after our overall health is not a destination, it is a journey.
Six Tips to Improve Your Mental Health Right Now:
The amount of sleep needed is different for different bodies, but we all require good-quality sleep to function. Naturally, there are things outside of our control which can prevent this (for example medical conditions or young children), but if you are finding your sleeping patterns less than ideal, which is exacerbating how you feel the next day, it might be worth looking at your night-time routine. Dr Matt, THG’s Medical Director, gives practical tips for sleeping in this video which you can try today. Lack of sleep always magnifies worries, and there is a reason why idioms like ‘Things will look better in the morning’ and ‘Sleep on it’ are offered as advice.
Eating a Balanced Diet
It goes without saying we all know getting enough nutrients, drinking enough water and not going overboard on caffeine every day has a positive outcome on how we feel about ourselves on the inside, as well as on the outside. Tucking into lots of fresh vegetables, proteins, wholegrains and fruit will boost your energy and in turn, your mood. It is crucial not to restrict yourself to thinking about foods as ‘good’ and ‘bad’ though, as enjoying our favourite things to eat and drink in moderation is going to make us happy in the long run. Life is too short to turn down the cake.
Speaking To Someone
‘A problem shared is a problem halved’, another popular cliché which is very true. Sharing what is worrying us to a friend or someone we trust is a great way to get a new perspective on a problem or as a place to get your concerns off your chest.
Being in nature and moving our bodies is an instant mood-improver. Feeling the sunshine (or a light spattering of rain), the wind on our faces and seeing the sights and smells of the world going on around you is a great tool in processing how we feel if something is bothering us - or just capitalising on making a good day better. Changing our scenery and getting distance from familiar places can help bring clarity to muddled thoughts. Listen to a podcast or soothing playlist while putting one foot in front of the other.
Exercise causes the body to release endorphins, and over time raises serotonin and dopamine levels which are natural mood enhancers. Not only do you get a hit of ‘happy hormones’ when getting sweaty, but consistent exercise with goals that you set out to achieve will also give you an enormous sense of satisfaction. Our PTs can help you come up with a plan to smash an achievement you have always wanted to reach or start small by trying out a new class next week.
Do Something For You
Often, our mental health can fray as we are so involved in supporting those around us. Whether it be at work, in our families, social commitments, friends and simply the routine of normal life. Even the most extroverted people need to take a moment to do something for themselves occasionally. Figure out what works for you and fits in with your schedule where you can be utterly selfish, which could mean ten minutes a day meditating, a spa treatment every so often, an hour spent with a smoothie and new book or taking yourself for the odd solo meal.
If you or a loved one feels like they are severely struggling with mental health, please seek immediate medical help or the professional advice and resources of a mental health charity such as Mind.