How To Improve Your Mental Wellbeing

We all want to be happy and enjoy life.

Sometimes events can occur in our lives that affect our mental state of mind such as injury, addiction or trauma.

This can cause our daily routine to be disrupted and we can struggle with the smallest of things. It can also affect our confidence and self-esteem.

Unfortunately, many people suffer in silence and eventually this can lead to depression if not treated early.

If you have been stressed recently or you’ve been feeling low, here are some tips to improve your Mental Wellbeing.

Accepting our emotions

Firstly, we need to accept our emotions and how we feel. Trying to ignore it or hide it will only lead to us feeling more unhappy.

Sometimes writing down how we feel help us get things off our chest and give us a sense of release.

Laughing

A daily dose of laughter helps us to remind ourselves not to take life too seriously. Laughing also release endorphins – a feel good chemical in our brain.

Keep yourself busy

Don’t allow your mind to wonder into negative thoughts. Keep yourself busy and your mind occupied, whether it’s washing the dishes or going for a run. You will soon start to forget about the things that you once thought were bad.

Exercise

Exercising can improve your mood and also help release those feel good endorphins in your brain. Being fit and healthy will also help you to feel happier.

Eat well

Eating the right foods can have a huge effect on your mood. Junk food can make you feel lethargic and demotivated, don’t be tempted to comfort eat when you’re feeling down, bad food can contribute towards depression and anxiety. Eating healthy improves your mood and gives you more energy.

There are many health foods available, here are 5 of the top places online to buy healthy, feel good foods:

Real Foods

Real foods offer Organic, Fair Trade and Special Diet Foods.

Healthy Supplies

As well as organic health food, you can also buy natural beauty products from Healthy Supplies.

Buy Wholefoods Online

Buy Wholefoods Online is a family run company providing high quality health foods including organic and vegan foods.

Naturally Good Food

Healthy, Organic and Gluten free foods at great prices, delivered to your door.

Planet Organic

The UK’s largest Organic online Supermarket.

Sleep well

Sleep is extremely important to our health. It lets our bodies repair themselves and allows our brain to rest. Lack of sleep can contribute towards mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression.

Try making your bedroom more sleep friendly to ensure you get a good night sleep, every night.

Learn something new

Learning something new can give us a sense of achievement as well as giving us a confidence boost.

It also keeps our mind occupied so negative thoughts are less likely to intrude.

Try relaxation methods

Relaxation techniques can help manage stress and calm your mind. Below are some relaxation methods you can try from home:

• Deep Breathing

Deep breathing is a simple yet effective relaxation technique. Breathe in through your nose and exhale from your mouth. Breathe through your belly rather than your chest by using your abdominal muscles.

• Muscle Relaxation

Muscle relaxation can be achieved by working from the top to the bottom of your body or vice versa.

With each part of your body, tense the muscle in that area, hold for 10 seconds and then release and relax.

• Meditation

Find a quiet place and sit down cross legged. Focus solely on your breathing, how your belly goes in and out or how your chest rises or falls. Focus solely on this an nothing else. This can help to eliminate distracting thoughts from running through your mind.

You can use any object to meditate, whether it’s a candle, a chair etc.

• Guided Imagery (Visualization)

Imagine somewhere that makes you feel happy and calm. It can be a beach, a forest, or even your garden. Visualize every part of that scene- the sounds, the smell, the feel of the floor on your feet.

Visualisation helps to relieve stress and anxiety and free your mind from negative thoughts.

*Remember to always consult a medical professional if you are feeling down or experiencing symptoms of low mood.