New Year, Healthy Mind: Five tips to boost your mental health

The New Year is the perfect time for a fresh start, and for people everywhere to create their New Year’s resolutions for 2018. It is also the ideal opportunity to think about how you can better look after yourself and your mental health. Here are our five tips to boost your mental health this year:

1. Talk It sounds obvious, but you would be amazed how many people struggle to open up. Talking about your feelings can do wonders for the mind. It means you’re not bottling up any anxiety or negativity and you are sharing your problem – which helps you find methods to cope. Many people say speaking to a loved one makes them feel like a weight has been lifted.

2. If you don’t want to talk, let it out on paper Talking can be hard, especially when you’re spilling the dark secrets of your mind. If you don’t feel ready to talk, perhaps get yourself a new diary or notebook and write down all your thoughts and feelings when you need to. That way, you don’t have the pressure of talking if you feel like you can’t.

3. Remember the things you enjoy doing, and try to do them Try making a list of the things you enjoy doing and make it a goal to do one of those activities for at least 10 minutes a day. Hobbies are great for a distraction and giving your mind a break. This could be something as simple as watching a YouTube video, or playing a game!

4. Go for a walk It’s been said countless times – and for good reason. Exercise is not just good for your body – it’s good for your mind too. If you’re someone who isn’t keen on rigorous activity or jogging, try taking a quick 10 minute walk a day. You can use this as an excuse to take a shopping trip, or it can be a quick walk around the block. If you have a dog – even better!

5. Love yourself Being able to love and take care of yourself is integral in mental health. It’s all about building up that self-esteem and knowing when to take a step back from a harmful situation, or to simply offer yourself words of wisdom. Learning to love yourself takes time, but accepting who you are means you can better cater for yourself when a negative circumstance arises.

Remember that it’s okay to ask for help, whenever you need it. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to a loved one, you can always call a helpline such as the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 who are open 24/7 to talk.