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  • Writer's pictureStacey Murtagh

Ways to help improve your mental wellbeing

May reconises Mental Health Awareness and for that reason I wanted to share with you ways to look after your Mental wellbeing. It doesn’t mean just in May, it’s all year round consistently. Our mental and physical well-being is connected, it’s important that we look after both, giving them the attention deserved. Before helping others, remember to look after yourself and seek support when you may need it.

Eat Healthy: Eating a balanced diet filled with real whole foods which supports both mental and physical wellbeing. Ensure you eat fresh produce - fruit, veg and good sources of protein and fibre that nourishes the brain and body.

Try and limit ultra processed foods in your diet as much as possible, reducing health implications. What you feed your gut has an impact on your mental health.

Stay Active: Research has shown huge benefits of exercise improves mental well-being as well as, improving self-esteem, sleep and overall wellness.

Find activities that you enjoy. As we age building strength and improving mobility is key. Getting active is also a great way to meet new friends.

A walk is a great way to get active and meditate - the bonus is it's FREE.

Talk about your feelings: None of us have everything figured out in life so it’s important to talk about how you are feeling. It could be helping someone else speaking out about how they feel.

“A problem shared is a problem halved.” Find a friend, loved one or colleague to confide in. Talking to someone can instantly bring you a sense of calm and clarity.

Perhaps even consider therapy keeping everything confidential and giving yourself the space to process your thoughts and feelings.

Stay Connected:Relationships are crucial for our growth as humans as we evolve, so nurture those that you have in your life. If you want to learn new hobbies or make new friends, find groups to join or take up a new skill to help forge new friendships. Human connection is so important for overall health and wellbeing. Stay connected.

Drink Sensibly: Alcohol is a depressant and therefore is not the best way to deal with your feelings. It’s recommended to monitor your alcohol intake sensibly and use other methods to help your mental health.

Perhaps consider giving up on alcohol specifically when you are having a tough time, to give yourself the head space to explore other means to support your mental wellbeing.

Self-care: Practice self-care daily. This can be anything that involves giving yourself space and time to reflect and look after yourself.

There are many activities that can help you practice self-care including: going for a walk, taking a bath, singing & dancing, exercising, going for a massage, reading, knitting – anything that makes you feel good about yourself, sparking a little bit of joy.

Find the Joy in life: Do something that sparks Joy: life isn’t just about working. We are here to enjoy life with our family and friends. Find what brings you joy in life and give it the space it needs to help you grow and have fun. What did you enjoy doing when you were a child?

"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift, that's why we call it the present." - A.A Milne

You Are Enough: All you can do in life is your best. Don’t put yourself under pressure to live up to the expectations of others. You’re not hear to live your life on their terms or conditions. Be kind to yourself and know that what you offer is more than enough. You're doing amazing!

P.s. this is the very first time all of us are doing life, so go easy on yourself and others.

Ask for support: We don’t always need to reach rock bottom to need help. Sometimes in our busy lives all we need is someone to listen. Seek out the support you need to combat anything that is worrying you.

If you can’t speak with friends or family, seek support from your boss, colleagues or your GP.

Everything has a solution and everyone would love to support you. Don’t be alone.

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