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Maintaining Mental Well-being

Some information and suggestions for maintaining mental wellbeing and health

  • Sleep! Getting enough sleep is critical to the prevention of depression and anxiety.
  • Eating healthily and well supports brain function and mental well-being.
  • Exercise. The endorphins that the body produces during exercise gives you natural mental pick-me-ups
  • Get a little bit of sun – 10-20mins a day Vit D is GOOD for you and the vit D from being outside is the best sort.
  • If things are difficult right now just take one day at a time…. Don’t focus on a future of negatives
  • Focus on the positives in yourself, in your day and/or in your life …. Think of the things that you can be thankful for or pleased about. What are your best features? What things do you like about yourself?
  • Reduce your caffeine intake. Caffeine makes you anxious.
  • Stop smoking. Nicotine is an addictive drug. Addiction leads to depression.
  • Reduce or stop alcohol and or drug consumption. Alcohol gives you a brief feeling of euphoria but it IS a depressive agent. The same for recreational drugs and highs.
  • Talk to friends and family about how you are feeling
  • Don’t isolate yourself, being alone all the time makes us negative and self critical
  • Talk out your birth story
  • Find something creative to do, painting, knitting, a craft, flower arranging, decorating something, card making, sewing…
  • Spend less time on the computer… research shows people who spend long hours on the computer playing games or on facebook/twitter are more likely to suffer from depression
  • Get a hobby. Something OFF the computer. Learn to knit, sew, crochet, gardening, embroidery….scrap booking (but can be expensive)
  • Get political. Find a cause to throw yourself or get involved in a committee.
  • Walk the beach
  • Learn to play an instrument
  • Garden – grow your own veges
  • Become an expert in something …. whatever interests you …
  • Be aware of the things that may trigger your anxiety or depression. Work out ways to avoid these triggers.
  • Treat yourself in some way. If you can’t afford it, do something with a friend… paint each other’s nails, have a friend colour your hair or do your makeup or give each other a massage, look after each other’s kids for an afternoon.
  • Get counselling. Think of it as going to a Dr for your emotional wellbeing.
  • Take medication if it has been prescribed for you
  • Choose good friends, that are positive and supportive of you. Not people that expect you to be something you are not.
  • Find mental challenges, crossword puzzles, Sudoku, scrabble, do a night class, or take up some study. Get the brain working.
  • If you are tired don’t worry about the housework today. On your deathbed I promise you this is NOT something you will regret.
  • Don’t be so self critical……….Really you are OK J You deserve to be loved.
  • If you are in abusive relationship or work in an abusive environment …..make an exit plan. You don’t deserve it and nothing you can do will change an abuser’s behaviour only they can do that. Save yourself.
  • Tell a friend how pretty she looks.
  • Tell your friends and family you love them and why and what it is you appreciate about them.
  • Play/join a team sport
  • Put the music on and DANCE, dance dance and then dance some more
  • Sing! In the car and in the shower… in public if you want to ;-)
  • Be independent…..relying on others to fix, change or improve your situation just doesn’t work. Only YOU can make the differences that will make things better for yourself

I am not suggesting you do everything on this list but pick some that are manageable for you. The thing is you have to actively work at mental wellbeing and health. These things are lifelong practices.

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