Looking after your mental health
We all need to be aware of our mental health and take steps to look after our own wellbeing, whether that’s setting aside some time for mindfulness or having a coffee and a chat with a friend. Below are some tips for taking care of your mental health.
If you are in an emergency situation you should always call 999. If you feel that the issue is manageable but you would benefit from talking with someone, we would recommend calling the Samaritans on 116 123.
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.
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.
For more detailed information around mental health symptoms and support options, we would recommend visiting one of the sites below.