Mental health. Not something we talk about enough, or even openly.
Keeping your mind happy and healthy is just as important and keeping your body happy and healthy.
Now, I’m no health professional, but here are some tip-a-roos to help keep your mental health in check – give them a go and let us know!
Value yourself – it’s all about you, boo!
Give yourself some appreciation for the work you do – you work hard!
Take some ME-time and do something that makes YOU happy.
- Keep a diary and write about what you think, what you feel, what you would like to learn, and what you want in the future.
- Take up new hobbies like singing, painting, reading, or photography.
- Try one of our Fit4Life classes – Zumba is my fave!
- Have a go at being a green thumb with these gardening tips.
Back to basics – give your body what it needs.
You know your body better than anyone. Listen to what your body needs.
- Feeling worked up? Take constructive breaks. Get some fresh air or some vitamin D.
- Give your body the nutrition and the rest it needs and deserves.
- Keep moving. Exercise when you can to stay healthy and fit – it’s not only for the body, you’ll feel good in your mind too.
- Drink some water. Feeling thirsty? Take a sip now, please!
Get enough sleep. Get good sleep.
Getting a enough sleep is important. But getting a good night’s sleep is just as important too. You’ll wake feeling so much better.
- Sleep in a cool, dark space.
- Turn off all distractions. Turn your phone off, put it outside the room, or even turning on ‘do not disturb’.
- Dim the lights in your house for an hour or so before bed – even the brightness of your phone.
- Try sleep music or ‘white noise’ to help you nod off.
- To clear your mind, try meditation. It’s easier than you think – Try these meditation tips.
Positivity: People and Pets
A good support network is important. Friends or even furry ones can be great listeners.
- Surround yourself with people who support you. Don’t be afraid to talk to friends or family about what’s on your mind.
- Now I’m not saying to go adopt a pet, but pets can have a positive effect on mental health.
- If you do have a pet, you’ll know what I mean when you come home from a long day at work to see them waiting for you.
Get help when needed
It is okay to seek help from a professional. No problem is ever too big or too small.
For support and advice locally, contact
- Headspace Ipswich on 07 3280 7900, firstname.lastname@example.org, or drop in 26 East St, Ipswich.
For other support, contact
- Contact Lifeline on 13 11 14
- Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467
- Kids Help Line on 1800 55 1800
There are so many other ways to keep your mental health in check. Give these few tips a go and let us know.