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Mental health tips

Mental health

Our mental health, like our physical health, varies all the time. Looking after our mental health is not only good for us now, it can also help us deal with and manage difficult times in the future. Over time, it may also reduce our risk of physical health problems.

Here’s some ways for you to look after your mental health:

  1. Increase your physical activity
    Exercise is not only good for our physical health, but our mental health too. Exercise also releases endorphins which makes us feel good and is great for improving mood. Aim to do around 30 minutes of exercise per day, whether that’s just a walk or something that really gets the heart pumping! Read for our top tips.

  2. Stay connected and 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!

  3. Be in the present
    If we take time to be aware of ourselves and be in the present moment, noticing our own thoughts and feelings, and the world around us, we can gain a better perspective. Sometimes this is known as being more mindful.

  4. Boosting resilience
    When there are changes, or anticipated changes, it can be unsettling. Building resilience is essential to help us not only cope with change but bounce back quicker. View for our top tips.

  5. Take time out
    Life can be stressful, especially during uncertain times, and juggling work and family responsibilities can take their toll. It’s important to take time to unwind from your stresses – whatever that means to you. That could mean doing anything that relaxes you, such as going for a walk, listening to music, reading or watching your favourite comedy. Check out our top tips for coping with stress.

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