Taking care of your mental wellbeing
It’s important not only to look after our physical health but also look after our mental health at the same time.
Top ways to look after your mental wellbeing
- Staying connected with others is so important for our wellbeing and helps to make us feel safer, less stressed and less anxious.
- Acknowledge your feelings and reach out for support. It is completely normal to feel overwhelmed, stressed, anxious, worried or scared sometimes. Allow yourself time to notice and express what you are feeling. This could be by writing them down in a journal, talking to others, doing something creative, or practising meditation. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
- Wherever possible we should try to stick to our daily routines. Try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time, eat at regular times, shower, change your clothes, have regular meetings with colleagues or coffee dates with friends, do your chores. Meditating and exercising can help you to relax and have a positive impact on your thoughts. Try not to increase unhealthy habits like comfort eating, drinking or smoking.
- Assisting other people who might need help and reaching out to those who may be feeling alone or concerned can benefit both you and the person receiving support.
- Seek further professional support if you need it. For support with anxiety, distress or mental wellbeing, you can call or text 1737 to talk with a trained counsellor for free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- If you are currently getting help with your mental health, continue with this if possible and notice if your symptoms are getting worse. Talk to your GP, counsellor, case worker or mental health team about how they can continue supporting you. What tips do they have to help you get through? Who can you call if you need help urgently? Write this down so you have it handy when you need it.