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Taking Care of your Mental Health

Mental health is such a trendy topic at the moment, which is good because more and more people can finally open up about their mental health issues. It is so easy to find yourself struggling with your wellbeing these days. Most of us have bad days here and there, but sometimes those bad days could go into weeks/months. That is when it becomes a major issue. There are simple ways you could ensure you stay on top of your bad days, so it does not lead to depression or other mental health problems.

 

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Here are some simple tips for staying well and on top of your mental health –

 

Sound Sleep

A good night sleep can solve many issues. I always ensure I get at least 7 hours worth of sleep everyday. Anything less than that makes me grumpy the next day. Many people underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep and some other also struggle to fall asleep for the recommended hours. If you struggle to sleep soundly, you can try having an electronic-free time an hour or two before bedtime. Try not to check your phones or tablets while in bed. A nice warm shower and a warm cup of milk  just before bedtime also helps you fall asleep quicker.

 

Eat Well

Eating a balanced diet and staying hydrated is great for your mental and physical health. Junk foods isn’t great for your overall health, so keep them to the minimum. Skipping meals may also make you grumpy, which will have an effect on your state of mind, so avoid doing so.

 

Get Moving

Siting is the new smoking, have you heard? Being active is one good way of staying on top of your health. Going for walks are great for your wellbeing. You could also hit the gym or exercise from the comfort of your home. There are so many ways to get moving and stay fit, so this tip should be very easy to smash.

 

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Talk to Someone

If you are struggling with your mental health, speaking to someone you trust can be your first step. You could also speak with your doctor first to get medical advise. Talking does help. You don’t have to keep it all inside.

 

Unwind

It is so easy to get busy caring for everyone and everything, while neglecting yourself in the process. Taking time out to relax and unwind is important for the wellbeing. You relax with a book, go for a massage/swim, book a spa day and just spoil yourself or relax watching your favourite tv show.

 

Taking care of your mental health is very important. It should be everyone’s top priority.

 

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Charity of the month – Mind for better mental health

Mental health is something I am very passionate about, which is one of the reasons why I decided to go back to university to study Psychology. The goal is to serve as a Clinical Psychologist, and so far, I am loving the modules I am studying. I am 2 modules for my first year – Introduction to Psychology 1 and Child Psychology and Childhood Studies. Both modules have really changed my mindset and I am learning so much about psychology already. It is amazing how much I have learnt in the last 3 months. I am glad I finally took the bull by the horns and went with it.

If you have been a regular reader of Fashion and Style Police, the charity of the month this February should really come as no surprise.

 

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Charity of the month – Mind

The charity I am supporting this month is Mind. Mind is a charity focused on mental health. The charity provides adequate advice and support to help those  experiencing mental health issues. Mind campaigns help improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding of mental health in general. Thanks to this amazing charity, millions of people in England and Wales have access to the much needed advice and support.

Mind relies on donations and every little helps. For every £1 donated, 72p is spent on charitable work. The charity handled 76,323 queries in 2016/2017, 10.8 million accessed their information, and more of these happen year after year. Supporting a charity like Mind means you are helping those who suffer from mental health problems. It means you are saving a life by helping to provide the resources they need to thrive.

If you are like me and passionate about mental health and want to support Mind, you can donate here. Your donation could be a lifesaver for someone else.

Thanks for reading and donating. Have a fabulous week ahead.

How to support someone with mental health issues

Mental health talk is so trendy these days, it makes me wonder if people even take it seriously. Or just talk about it to feel like part of the cool kids club. Many people are still struggling with mental health issues and have no one they can talk to. Which is shocking considering how mental health is so hot topic at the moment. But then again, I can see how difficult it can be to help someone having mental health issues. Many of us are truly helpless and have no ideas on how to reach someone who is already in a dark mental state.

 

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How to support someone with mental health issues

Here are some ways you could help someone dealing with mental health issues –

 

Speak with them

The first thing to do is to let the person know you are available as listening ear with no judgement. We all need someone to share our thoughts, hopes and feelings with. This is even more important when you are struggling with mental health problems. So being available for a chat would be one way to help.

 

Don’t judge

Many people rather suffer in silence than be judged by others. This is one of the main reasons why mental health sufferers don’t speak to anyone about their issues. You need to remember to listen without any judgement in other to support someone with mental health issues.

 

Get them to get help

If you can convince a mental health sufferer to speak with a doctor and get some professional advice, you may have just saved a life. Encouraging whoever is suffering to get help is the best thing you can do. It pays to stay calm and be patient as this will help more than you being pushy and anxious.

 

Help in other way you can

Apart from all the ways listed above, you can also help with general day to day activities for this person. So helping with childcare, school runs, cleaning, food shopping, company and so on will help massively. Many people struggling with depression and anxiety may struggle with day to day living, so helping when you can will help take the strain off them, and allow them focus on getting better.

 

Look after yourself

While looking out for others, make sure you look after your own wellbeing as well. It is easy to neglect our mental health while dealing with others, so make sure to check in with yourself every now ands again, to ensure you are doing great.

 

 

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