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World Mental Health Day 2017: Ten top tips for looking after your mental health

World Mental Health Day 2017: Ten top tips for looking after your mental health
10 October 2017

Ten top tips for looking after your well-being (courtesy of NHS Hull and NHS East Riding of Yorkshire): 

1. Keep active – regular physical activity releases chemicals in the brain that can make you feel good, help your concentration and improve sleep;

2. Eat well – a balanced diet is as good for your brain as for your body;

3. Drink sensibly – alcohol is a depressant and won’t help you cope with difficult times;

4. Keep in touch – supportive friendships help in stressful times;

5. Take a break – from your everyday routine; small changes that give yourself more of your own time can release stress;

6. Do something you’re good at – for yourself, expressing yourself through your interests, skills and talents has a positive effect on mood;

7. Accept who you are – we are all unique. Trying to be like others adds to stress and can reduce our self-esteem;

8. Care for others – this helps keep stress in proportion and helps us feel connected to the wider world;

9. Ask for help – sort problems out before they become a crisis. This is a sign of taking control rather than a sign of weakness;

10. Talk about your feelings – bottling up problems can make them seem bigger and harder to resolve than they are. Talking is not always easy, but practice makes perfect.