Before you do anything else to help your mental health, ensure you are doing everything you can to keep your body physically fit. Eating healthily and getting enough of exercise will make life’s stresses easier to cope with. Add 7-8 hours sleep every night into the mix, and already you will start to feel mentally better.
Get Negative People Out Of Your Life
When you are feeling anxious or depressed the last thing you need is negativity. Surround yourself with positive people who will support and help you. Research shows that sufferers with a strong connection to a good family and friends are far more likely to recover from any mental health issues a lot quicker.
Be Kind To Yourself
Do not be over critical of yourself. You are human, you will make mistakes and there is only so much you can do. You need to make some ‘you’ time. This does not matter whether it is to sit and read, watch TV or pursue a hobby, there needs to be some time that is just for you.
Dealing With Stress
Stress is part of life for everyone and you have to learn to deal with it. You may think that is easier said than done, but managing your anxiety is not as hard as you may think. A CBT therapist like Caroline Bronte may be able to help you with this, as they can teach you to change the way you think about and react to any problems.
Don’t Get Bored
Any problem you have, whether it is physical, mental or not in your control, will seem much worse if you sit about thinking about it. When you get bored, your mind starts to imagine all sorts of things, and keeping busy has the opposite effect. Go for a walk, chat to some friends, do a household chore or anything else that stops you do nothing at all.
Don’t Drink Alcohol Or Take Drugs
You may think that getting drunk or taking drugs regularly will make you feel better, and they may do for a short while. But they do not deal with the underlying problem and can make feelings of stress and anxiety worse. Steer clear of them and keep a clear mind, and as the problems with your mental health become simpler to cope with, you will not have them obstructing the actions you are taking. Substance misuse really is never the answer, although it can be very tempting at times.
Don’t Be Scared To Say You Need Help
There is nothing to be ashamed off in needing some help. The first step towards this is asking, and you might be surprised how many people really what to help you dispel the stress and anxiety you are suffering.
It could be help with a particular aspect of your life that you need, and at some point, you need to stop being self-reliant and get the help you need. Only then will you start to feel you have your life back on track, and hopefully the mental issues you have been harbouring will all disappear.