Updated: Jul 31, 2020
Women in the UK are experiencing mental health issues at a higher rate than ever. 1 in 5 women in the UK experience a mental disorder. Even if you aren’t affected, chances are you know someone who is, whether they’re your family, friends, neighbours, or colleagues.
Young women are the most at risk for poor mental health, with headline after headline showing increasing rates of self-harm, eating disorders, anxiety, and depression. Recent research shows almost half of women feel depressed about their body image, compared to 25 percent of men.
We are passionate about mental health at Chase Kind and strive to help to make a difference and help break the stigma surrounding this subject in any way we can.
Top 10 tips for good mental health
An important part of keeping fit and healthy is to take care of your own mental health. There are plenty of things you can do to help make sure you keep yourself mentally healthy. Don’t hesitate to seek out professional counseling to help you live better.
1. Get plenty of sleep
Our lives are busy, which means a lot of us are getting less sleep than we need to. Chronically getting too little sleep can lead to mental and physical health problems.
2. Eat well
What we put in our bodies has a huge impact on how we feel physically and mentally. If you’re struggling with mental health issues, try adjusting your diet to include more whole foods and less processed food. Including the right vitamins and supplements can also be key.
3. Drink sensibly
Alcohol can have a severely negative impact on our mental health. Alcohol problems can also be a result of mental health illnesses. Continuing to drink alcohol at excessive levels can exacerbate the problem, creating a cycle that can be difficult to break out of. If you are having a hard time resisting alcohol, seek help from one of the many resources available.
4. Get plenty of sunlight
There’s a reason you feel better on a sunny day than a cloudy one. The sun contains serotonin, which is essential for boosting your mood and helping you feel focused and calm. Not getting enough sunlight can leave you feeling irritated. Just 5–15 minutes a day is all it takes to get an instant, natural mood boost.
5. Accept who you are
This can take a while, and may even involve seeking professional counseling, but it’s so important for your mental health. Accepting that you are a unique individual is essential for your well-being. We’re all different, so stop measuring your success against someone else’s and start living your life based on who you are and what makes you happy.
6. Get some exercise every day
Exercise is a natural form of stress relief, and some people even claim that they can replace an antidepressant with regular exercise. When you exercise, your brain releases endorphins, which can energise you and help you feel good. Exercise also helps you sleep better. Go for a walk or run, sign up for an exercise class, or join a gym. Save yourself some stress when you exercise by keeping your items securely stored in a Universal Pouch.
7. Do something you enjoy
Working in a job that doesn’t give you any joy can have a negative impact. If you’re able to, seek out a job that makes you happy and gives you a sense of purpose. If you can’t break away just yet, look outside of your job to find something you enjoy. Whether it’s volunteering, joining a new group, or taking up a hobby, having something that you truly enjoy to look forward to can make a big difference in your mental health.
8. Connect with others
As humans, we’re social creatures. Yet, living in the digital age has left us more isolated than ever. making time to go out with your friends can have a huge effect on your mental health. If you’re living away from friends or family members, then look for new groups to join. Even joining online groups that are encouraging and engaging can help you stay connected and supported.
9. Care for others
Helping others, even if you don’t feel like it, can have major benefits for your mental health. Research has shown that people who live an altruistic lifestyle, one in which they put the needs of others before themselves, are less stressed and more fulfilled than people who put their needs before the needs of others.
10. Ask for help
Anytime your mental health feels like it’s too much to handle, seek out professional help. There are counselors and professionals available who can give you the guidance and support you need to live the healthy, happy life that you deserve.
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