05 October 2018

5 Simple tips to improve your mental health

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According to mental health charity, MIND, approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health issue each year. There are, however, simple steps you can take in order to improve your mental wellbeing.

Here are our five 'top tips' for improving mental health... 

1.) Connect

Did you know that connecting with friends may boost your brain health and lower your risk of dementia? A simple chat with a friend over a cup of tea is an easy way to interact with others, while also boosting feelings of well-being and decreasing feelings of depression.

2.) Set realistic goals

Confidence is the key to success.  Achieving small goals that work for you can improve your self-esteem. A widely known formula for goal setting is SMART, a mnemonic acronym giving criteria to guide in the setting of objectives, (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time frame). Whether it's a fitness goal, a work goal or a personal goal, setting the right goals encourages personal growth, better self-esteem, and general well being. 

3.) Take a digital detox 

Are you reading this article on your mobile phone? At work and at home, many of our lives are filled corner to corner with screens. We are inundated on a daily basis with notifications, alerts, phone calls and messages, but how much is too much?

The negative effects of social media have been well documented. Our Facebook 'friends' tend to only post the good things that are happening to them - leaving out the bad things - so when we make our comparisons we are comparing ourselves to their highlights, conversely making us feel worse. 

The solution? Establish a daily time allowance and restrict the time spent using technology. 

4.) Be active

Exercise makes you feel good because it releases chemicals like endorphins and serotonin which improve your mood. Some scientists think being active can improve wellbeing because it brings about a sense of greater self-esteem, self-control, and the ability to rise to a challenge. 

5.) Give to others

Doing good does you good. Altruism, as it is known, is the term we put other people’s needs before our own. This includes acts of kindness - whether it’s offering your seat to a pregnant woman on a bus or making a cup of tea for a work colleague. Helping others can have a positive effect on your own mental health and wellbeing by reducing stress as well as improve mood, self-esteem and happiness. 

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