Exercise can help improve sleep, concentration and your overall mood. Physical activity can also improve general mood for people experiencing mild depression.
You can search for activities in your area on the change 4 life website here.
Always try and avoid using alcohol or drugs to manage the way you feel
In order to reduce the risk of developing mental health problems as a result of alcohol or drugs, we would recommend you stay within the government recommended guidelines for alcohol (no more than 14 units a week) and avoid any illegal substances.
Some people use substances to help manage the way they feel or avoid unpleasant thoughts and feelings. However, this is often an unhelpful coping strategy and can cause problems later on.
If you are worried about alcohol or drugs and your mental health, please contact your local CGL service. If you can’t find a CGL service near you, click here to find an alternative.
Strong social and family relationships are important for good mental health. People who feel connected to other people have a network that can support them if they experience anxiety and depression.
We understand that this isn’t always easy. If you are a CGL service user, why not find out about some of the social activities going on at your service?
Volunteering can be a great way to meet new people. Find volunteering opportunities near you here.
Ask for help if you need it
Around one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. You are not alone and it is always OK to ask for help, even if you are not sure what your thoughts and feelings mean.
This page from Mind provides some really useful advice on taking the first step towards getting help with a mental health problem.
Take time for the things you enjoy
Don’t feel guilty for taking some time for self-care. Whether that’s reading a book, taking a long bath or watching box sets, actively set aside time for activities you enjoy. If it means saying no to a social event, that’s OK. It’s important to put yourself first sometimes.