When we work on improving our wellbeing, many people focus on exercising more or eating healthier, but looking after how we think and feel is just as important for our bodies, and especially our mental health.
There are many ways that you can start to prioritise and improve your mental health, from lifestyle changes through to focused self-care, which can improve your mood, motivation and energy levels, and your outlook on life.
Our experienced team of Psychologists, Counsellors and Therapists at Newcastle Psychologist & Counselling have created this brief guide on how to do exactly that.
1. Get Some Fresh Air
Our therapists and counsellors at Newcastle Psychologist & Counselling recommend getting outside everyday, even if only for ten minutes.
This might be going for a walk, doing some other form of exercise, or even just doing errands, but being outside helps our body get sunlight and fresh air. Exercise can help to jolt the nervous system, create routine, and put the brain into a better, more ‘feel-good’ state and so this should be done every day.
Any form of exercise can also be used as a coping technique, so if you start to feel stressed, anxious or low, consider taking yourself for a walk or some other form of exercise as soon as you can.
2. Keep In Touch with Loved Ones
Making time for friends and family can be difficult when you’re juggling work, life and home commitments. In spite of this, distracting yourself and making time for socialising (even if over the telephone or online) are key to good mental health.
If you are unable to connect with loved ones, having a pet has also been shown to improve mental health as caring for something (whether another person or animal) releases feel-good hormones (such as oxytocin) which can help improve our mood and lower stress.
Look after yourself!
Whether that means saying no to plans that you don’t really want to do, taking a hot bath, playing video games, or cooking yourself a wholesome meal, it’s important to look after yourself and do things which soothe you.
Many of us fill up our time with other commitments and so making time for ourselves can be a great way to feel improve mental health.
4. See a Therapist
If you are concerned that your mental health is suffering and think that you might need professional help from one of our counsellors, psychologists or therapists, our team at Newcastle Psychologist & Counselling can offer a number of therapies (including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, CBT) for a range of problems.
If you think you’re suffering from depression, anxiety, sleep issues, anger problems, or any other problem with your mental health, contact us today using the box below or call us now on 07966 645198.
Dr Stuart Sadler
Chartered Clinical Psychologist
Newcastle Psychologist & Counselling