Wellbeing tips from mental health professionals

Having a moment to yourself doesn’t have to mean an hour-long activity, it can be a 60 second meditation, watering a flowerpot or simply being aware of your breathing. A mindful minute a day can help support your wellbeing.

“I enjoy dancing and singing to relax and have fun “

“I feel better when… I have been for a walk in the fresh air. It keeps me active, clears my mind and helps me refocus on the important stuff. I try to walk for 45 mins every day and love it when a member of my family joins me!

“reading books and escaping into other stories all from the comfort of my sofa, is my perfect way to manage my mental well-being. “

“i find after a busy day, my music is my therapy, it enables me to relax and unwind”

“being creative. Music/drawing/painting/ reading etc”

“Sometimes I take a few moments to myself to reflect on my own behaviour and actions. To ensure that I am not projecting my own feelings onto somebody else, as it might have a more devastating effect on them than I realised “

Sticking to a routine, even if it’s only waking up and making your bed and trying to go to bed at the same time every night. Journaling, putting all your thoughts on paper can help prioritize your thoughts and feelings. Taking vitamins, vitamin D is a good one, it’s the sunshine vitamin and we could all do with a little extra during winter. Meditation and deep breathing exercises (I’ve actually tried these and they really work). Drinking plenty of water, it helps ease anxiety. Walking in the fresh air, even if it’s just around the block, it helps to clear the senses. As mundane as it sounds good food, plenty of fruit and veg, there is a link between the gut and the brain, one can influence the other. Being kind to yourself and telling yourself that you will get through this. Dancing, anything that increases your heart rate is good for your mental health, is reduces cortisol levels which are your stress hormones and helps to release serotonin which is the happy hormone