Top tips for a healthy mind
Talk - share your feelings with friends and family - it doesn't have to be a big sit down conversation, let it develop as you do something together.
Keep physically active - get all those endorphins going in the brain which help us feel good
Eat well and regularly - this regulates your blood sugar levels which impacts on your mood and helps concentration - your brain needs nutrients too!
Get a good night's sleep – one of the hardest things to do sometimes – but here are some tips;
- Leave your phone downstairs and get a traditional alarm clock
- Get into a good routine
- Practise some breathing and relaxation techniques
Connect with others and be sociable. Try volunteering - helping others can make you feel part of the community and make you feel good about your place in the world.
Do something you are good at ! Lose yourself in an activity or hobby - enjoying yourself can help beat stress and achieving something can really boost your self-esteem.
Develop some coping strategies for difficult/stressful situations - these will be personal to you, but could include writing lists, listening to music, repeating positive phrases to yourself, imagining a calm landscape. Know what works for you and practice them so they are ready at hand.
Ask for HELP! One of the bravest things we can do is ask for help, and there is no weakness or shame in doing so! One of the most important ways we can keep healthy mentally is to recognise when you aren't feeling good.
Have a look at the Home : Mentally Healthy Schools website for lots of resources.