Mind

10 ways to help your mental health

Every year one in four of us will have a mental health problem, according to mental health charity Mind.

If you feel that depression or anxiety may be taking hold, why not try these suggestions from The Mental Health Foundation?

How to boost your mental health

1. Tell someone how you are feeling about your mental health

Take charge of your wellbeing by sharing your concerns. Talking can help put a problem in perspective, making you feel supported and less isolated

2. Stay active to boost your well-being

Regular exercise can help you concentrate, sleep better and boost self-confidence. Your brain and vital organs will benefit – and you’ll feel better mentally as well

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3. Eat well to feed the brain

Ensuring you have a balanced, nutritious diet will benefit your mental health as well as improve your mental wellbeing

4. Drink sensibly to reduce mood swings

Some people drink to help deal with feelings of fear or isolation, but any change in mood is only temporary. Recent advice suggests there is no safe level of alcohol consumption, so choose a healthier way to cope with stress, such as trying a new hobby or activity

5. Keep in contact with friends

Staying in touch with friends – in person, on the phone or online – can help you remain grounded, active and supported

6. Ask for help if you are struggling with your mental health

You don’t need to cope by yourself. Ask family, friends or local support services for help when you begin to feel overwhelmed

7. Do something you love to reduce stress

Taking part in an activity you enjoy can help boost self-esteem and ease stress

8. Take time out for your own well-being

A break from work, whether a holiday or a five-minute window, can be the difference between feeling stressed and coping with stress

9. Accept who you are

We are all different, so rather than trying to be like someone else, be proud of who you are. Focusing on your own strengths and abilities, and learning new skills, can help boost your confidence

10. Look outward

Caring for someone else will give you a different perspective. Nurturing your friendships, or volunteering to help others, can help you feel valued and build self-esteem

Further resources

If you're a member of Benenden Health, you can call our Mental Health Helpline for support 24/7, from day one of your membership.

The mental health of young adults is a particular concern for many and there are nine behaviours that could be a sign of mental illness in a young adult. Take a look at these behaviours and ways that a parent or loved one could help in Benenden Health’s helpful video.