You Need You! Taking care of your mental health
Sometimes, we all need to press the pause button to take a minute for ourselves. This is vital for our own wellbeing. We outlined a few tips below to help put this into practise.
- Reach out to family, friends and co-workers about how you’re feeling. You’ll be surprised at how many would have felt the same way and can offer advice and support
- It’s ok to say no and put your needs first sometimes. You can only look after others when you’re in a good place.
- Practice breathing and relaxation techniques.
- Make a list of warning signs for when you may be struggling. Keep these somewhere you can see so you can spot and address these early on.
- Maintain a healthy diet and get adequate sleep and exercise.
- Be aware of unhelpful coping strategies such as alcohol, caffeine or junk food. Although these make you feel better in the short term, in the long term they can make you feel worse and add to stress.
- Take regular breaks and schedule time in your diary for things you enjoy.
- Try not to compare yourself with others. Everyone responds differently to stressful or traumatic situations. There is no right or wrong way to deal with these events.
- Take care of yourself. Eat well-balanced meal and try and keep a good sleep routine. Daily exercise is extremely beneficial for both the body and mind.
- Write down any struggles you may be having. It can be cathartic to have an outlet. Also, seeing difficulties written down can help make sense of them and identify an action plan.