Mental health and wellbeing support
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health.
There are lots of different pressures we face and sometimes life's challenges can be leading you to feel stressed, lonely and even to have unwanted thoughts. But there are resources here to help and offer free support.
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Simple daily steps
Here are a few simple things you can do daily to help keep your mental health in check.
Each day, take a break from your technology and step outside. According to the NHS;
Being active is not only great for your physical health and fitness. Evidence also shows it can also improve your mental wellbeing by:
- raising your self-esteem
- helping you to set goals or challenges and achieve them
- causing chemical changes in your brain which can help to positively change your mood
So take time out of your busy schedule, switch off from technology and take a breath of fresh air and explore your local area.
Relationships are so important and it’s important to keep connections with your friends, family and colleagues. Here are a few things you can do to stay connected:
- Plan a time in your day to call a friend, family member or even a colleague.
- If you’re working from home, keep in regular contact with your colleagues.
- Connect with someone every day, over text, phone etc.
Don’t be afraid to express how you’re feeling to someone, they can be there to offer support and a friendly voice.
Find more advice here on the NHS website: NHS - Loneliness
Having a sleeping schedule can help you create a healthy day-to-day routine. A lack of sleep can lead to tiredness, low self-esteem, feelings of worry and difficulty coping with life.
When your mental health slips, it's common for your sleep schedule to become irregular too.
Read a few top tips below to help you get a restful night's sleep...
- Aim to get to bed at the same time every day
- Create a peaceful, restful environment to sleep in
- Turn off technology an hour before you go to sleep
- Exercise during the day
- Cut down on caffeine and alcohol
- Write down any worries you have instead of keeping them bottled up in your head
If you, or someone you know, needs support with their mental health, please use our dedicated space providing suicide prevention and mental health support contacts.