Ways To Improve Your Mental Health
There has never been such a focus on mental health as there is at the moment. What with the past twelve months being something unlike we’ve ever experienced before, more and more of us are turning to ways that we can improve our wellbeing. We have been faced with the challenge of being in lockdown, potentially losing jobs, not being able to see family or loved ones and having our lives completely changed from what they used to be.
If this is taking its toll (which is completely normal!) then you might be on the lookout for ways to improve this and nip it in the bud. Here are a few simple ways that you can improve your mental health that you can start right away.
1 – Start a Journal
A journal is a great way to help get your thoughts out of your mind and onto paper, or a screen. Sometimes this physical act of releasing what you are worried about onto paper can have a huge impact on making you feel much better about it. Try to write down things every day that relate to how you are feeling. It can also help you to focus on the good – write down five things you are grateful for every day and see how much happier and more positive it can make you feel.
2 – Try Alternative Methods
There are a number of alternative methods out there that you can try for boosting your mental health. You could look into CBD oil which is designed as a safe and natural remedy to help with things such as anxiety. There are also foods you can eat which can help you and you could try taking supplements such as omega-3 or valerian root, which have been found to help with mental health conditions like depression and anxiousness, and can help with poor sleep.
3 – Speak to a Charity or Mental Health Organisation
If you find that your mental health is taking its toll, why not look into a mental health charity? There are many that are set up and designed for you to speak to when you need them. Sometimes family members or friends who don’t suffer with anxiety or depression or any other mental health condition might not understand and be unable to say the right thing. The charity will be able to help you and you will also be able to speak to others going through something similar and understand how you feel.
10 Examples of Mental Health Charities and Organisations in Ireland:
- Mental Health Ireland– Longest Established Mental Health Charity in Ireland.
- See Change – Say No to Mental Health Stigma.
- Pieta – Preventing Suicide and Self Harm.
- Aware – Depression Help Ireland.
- Samaritans Ireland – Offering Support 24 hours a day.
- Jigsaw – The National Centre for Youth Mental Health.
- Reach Out – Taking the Mystery out of Mental Health.
- Shine – Supporting People affected by Mental Health.
- A Lust for Life – Irish Mental Health Charity in Ireland.
- Grow – Mental Health Movement in Ireland.
These are just a few ways that you can improve your mental health. You will find that these are easy to implement on your life and can have a big impact. Mental health is nothing to be ashamed or worried about and once you get it sorted or improved, you will see just how great a thing it is that you have achieved. Make sure that you always reach out to anyone if you need, and that you also let people know your ears or messages are always open should they need someone to turn to.
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