Steps to improved mental health

5 Steps to Better Mental Health

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1. Stay connected It is important to stay in touch with friends and family, especially if you’re feeling down. Even if it is just having a chat over a cuppa, talking can help lift your mood.You could:
  • make a phone call or send an email or text
  • meet up with that friend you have not seen in ages
  • join an interest group or sports club in your local area
2. Get Active Regular physical activity has been proven to have a positive effect on your mental health and wellbeing.  This does not mean you have to run a marathon there are lots of other things you can do to keep active!You could:
  • go for a short walk at lunchtime
  • put on your favourite song and dance around your living room
  • take the stairs instead of the lift
3. Take Notice Be in the moment. Whether you are sharing a coffee with colleagues or talking with friends, being aware of the present instead of dwelling on the past or worrying about the future is good for your wellbeing.You could:
  • take a different route to work or class
  •  notice how your friends or colleagues are feeling if they don’t seem themselves ask them about it
  • remember to take pleasure in the little things like a rainbow, a sunset or a smile from a stranger in the street
4. Learn Surprise yourself and try something different. Achieving a goal or learning something new can increase your confidence as well as being fun. We all have something we’d like to try. Do it today! You could:
  • ask a friend to recommend a book they think you would enjoy
  • find out what classes are available in your community and sign up for something that takes your interest
  • learn a new recipe and cook it for a friend or family member
5. Give It feels good to give. Giving your time can be very rewarding and can connect you to your community. Research shows doing an act of kindness every week boosts your mood and increases your wellbeing!You could:
  • volunteer your time for a cause you feel passionate about
  • offer your seat on the bus or train to someone who needs it more