Your mental health is very important - especially in today’s society where illnesses such as depression and anxiety are incredibly common. Although proper treatment is required in order to ensure a full and successful recovery, there are a number of things you can do by yourself to improve your general wellbeing.
What is mental wellbeing?
Mental wellbeing is much more than simply feeling happy. Of course it is part of it but it is far from the whole. It can include anything from feeling generally content with our lives, enjoying ourselves and engaging with the world around us to having high self-esteem and good relationships.
Although good mental wellbeing doesn’t guarantee that you will never experience feelings or situations that you find difficult, it does mean that you will have the coping mechanisms needed to get through tough times.
How you can improve your mental wellbeing
Connect with the people around you. This may be friends, family, a partner, colleagues or even your neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships because having a strong support network around you helps make the good times better and the bad times easier to deal with.
We all know that exercise is great for keeping us fit, shedding the pounds and maintaining our weight. It is however also hugely beneficial for our mental health. Exercise produces endorphins which are our brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters which is why we so often feel great after a workout. It doesn’t matter if you’re not a fan of the gym - a walk, a bike ride, a game in the park and even some housework can all help to release those all-important endorphins.
Picking up a new skill can give you a sense of achievement and a new-found confidence. Whether it’s a cooking course, learning a new language, playing a musical instrument, participating in a sporting activity or doing some DIY, aside from learning something new, you are also keeping your brain busy which stops you from thinking about the things that are worrying you.