Mental health is something I never paid much attention up until this year.  Over the past two years my thinking, behaviour and mood over was taking a turn for the worst. I found it extremely challenging to deal with the normal stresses of life, being able to work productively and realising my own potential was something I gave no thought too, as I for the most part had given up on myself.  Below are some tips that have helped me! Hopefully some work for you too!  There is no right or wrong tool to use, and they will all be favoured by and work
differently for everyone.

Ask for HelpAsking for help does not mean you are weak!

Deep breathing is one of the best ways to lower stress in the body. This is because
when you breathe deeply, it sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax.  The brain then sends this message to your body. 

  • The way you breathe affects your whole body. Breathing exercises are a good way to relax, reduce tension, and relieve stress.

  • Breathing exercises are easy to learn. You can do them whenever you want, and you don't need any special tools or equipment to do them.

  • You can do different exercises to see which work best for you.



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Healthy Diet

When you think of improving your mental health, you may not think about changing
the food you eat. But there is a strong link between what we eat and how we feel!
We know a poor diet can make you feel sluggish, low and increase symptoms of
depression and anxiety. But now we are seeing a healthy diet (with a variety of fruit,
veggies, nuts and wholegrains) can actually improve mental health.


Let it out on paper
Negative emotions like fear, sadness, and anger are a basic part of life and sometimes we struggle with how to deal with them effectively. It can be tempting to act on what you’re feeling right away, but that often doesn’t fix the situation that
caused the emotions.


Cute Notebooks

Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting
enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.
Studies also show that sleep deficiency alters activity in some parts of the brain. If
you're sleep deficient, you may have trouble making decisions, solving problems, controlling your emotions and behaviour, and coping with change. Sleep deficiency also has been linked to depression, suicide, and risk-taking behaviour.



Open up to someone
If you or someone you know is going through a tough time, talking to someone
might sound like a simplistic solution but it really is one of the best possible things
you/they can do. Though it can be hard to build up the courage, telling someone you
trust how you’re feeling can help in numerous ways. I know for me opening up to someone helps me release tension and puts things into perspective!


Keep in touch
I have always been someone to hide their pain and suffer in silence. This is because
I hate sympathetic attention and people feeling sorry for me. Throughout last year I
had numerous people who cared about me both friends and family but the first thing I would do when suffering was to isolate myself. I was always just a little too
disconnected. Keeping in touch is one of the best things I’ve ever done, and I am
truly blessed to have the people around me that I do.

Work with your strengths
If you are struggling with motivation or to finish tasks. Do something you're good at to build self-confidence, then tackle a tougher task.

There are multiple benefits of physical exercise. Exercise provides a healthier state of mind. A number of studies have found that exercise helps depression. There are many views as to how exercise helps people with depression:

  • Exercise may block negative thoughts or distract you from daily worries. 

  • Exercising with others provides an opportunity for increased social contact. 

  • Increased fitness may lift your mood and improve your sleep patterns. 

  • Exercise may also change levels of chemicals in your brain, such as serotonin,endorphins and stress hormones.


It has been generally accepted that both listening to and creating music can have
various positive effects on mood and mental health. Incorporating music into your
everyday life can help to:

  •  elevate your mood and motivation

  •  aid relaxation

  •  increase the efficiency of your brain processing.


Accept who you are – be yourself
This is so crucial; I can’t stress it enough. We are all of it comparing our self to others, I know for me it has been a bid downfall of mine in the past. Once you accept who you are, you begin to believe in yourself – your life enhances so much once you believe in yourself and are proud of yourself. Talk to yourself positively!