One in three sick notes are now for mental health problems:
Actions you can take to keep balance:
- Limit the amount of time you spend watching TV and protect your mind from what goes in. If you have had a break up, is this really the time to watch love stories or listen to love songs?
Talk about stabbing yourself all over. You don’t need it. If you can’t sleep, is that horror film, gore and violence really helping? What goes in comes out and it’s the same with what you are feeding your mind. You’ve heard the expression ‘you are what you eat’ – well the same can be applied to what you watch, allow into your mind. If you have a low mood, ask yourself, what was I thinking about, viewing before I felt this way? Take action.
- A walk will help endorphins circulate, improving your mood.
- Nurture close relationships – concentrate on the quality of your relationships not the quantity. Social media is known to be contributing to mental health problems. Limit your exposure to it if everyone seems to be doing something without you. Even the amount of ‘likes’ can affect your mind.
- Take up a hobby. Summerfields Leisure Centre in Hastings for example is currently offering five cycling sessions for £5 – buy in Sept, use by 31 October. Do it!
- Embrace routine – unemployed? Get up at 8am and plan what you are going to do for the day. This will give you structure and take away the helplessness you feel. Voluntary work will help. Elderly, animal welfare, hospitals – you choose.
- Find things to make you smile and share it. Laughter is priceless – what comedy do you like most? Michael McIntyre, Morecambe & Wise? Whatever.
- Treat yourself. If skint, even a soak in a bath or a cuddle with a cat/dog can restore your mood.
- Do someone a good turn. Proven answer to your problems. Concentrate on helping someone else. Don’t castigate yourself with ‘there’s always someone worse than you are’ since when has that ever helped anyone except make them feel worse? Acknowledge you have stresses and that for a time you are going to leave them behind while you concentrate on someone else.
- Don’t dwell on the past. A car rear view mirror is only good for a quick glance, if you stared at it you will crash. Same with life. Use the past to steer you ahead.
- Set yourself goals. Getting out of bed, meeting someone, going regularly to a voluntary post, cook regular meals. Give yourself something to enjoy/look forward to. I buy myself flowers – for me with love from me. Yes, you’re worth it!
- Assess the nice things that happen in your life daily and write them down. It’s called ‘counting your blessings.’ For some, the unconditional love of animals makes their day, every day. If you have none, borrow!