February 15, 2023

Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Mental Health

Here are my Top 10 tips to help you get and keep good mental health

Written by

Nicole Biggs

We are all now so much more aware that we need to look after our mental health, just like we do for our physical health. However, how do we do this?

My top ten tips are:

Tip 1 – Improve your sleep – The quality and quantity of sleep we get has a major impact on our mental health. Your body and mind simply need the time to relax and recharge, otherwise they do not function properly.

Tip 2 – Do exercise– Being fit and healthy physically will help you to become and remain fit and healthy mentally. Exercise releases serotonin, a happy hormone. Being fit and healthy is also great for our self-esteem.

Tip 3 – Eat a healthy diet – Food is our body and mind’s fuel. Therefore, you need to ensure that you have good quality fuel in order to keep your body and mind at peak performance. We need fruit and vegetables, protein and carbohydrates to be healthy.

Tip 4 – Relax and recharge – It is very important that in addition to sleep, we also relax and recharge. It is impossible for us to be on the go all of the time. If we try to, it usually leads to collapse mentally (anxiety or depression) or physically (injuries, aches and pains). Try meditation & mindfulness to really rest and recharge both your mind and body.

Tip 5 – Be positive – Having a positive mindset is essential for good mental health. This does not mean being fake and pretending that everything is perfect. It just means finding the happy things in each day. Try reframing something and seeing the silver lining. Learn to challenge your negative thoughts.

Tip 6 – Take responsibility – You are responsible for your own life, for your physical and mental health, for your own thoughts, emotions and behaviour. Once you realise this, you will regain power over your life to change the things you do not like or want. This is called a cause mindset.

Tip 7 – Be kind to yourself – We are often our own worst enemy and are incredible critical of ourselves. Learning to be kind yourself and give up the idea that you must be perfect is often the most powerful step you can make to improving your mental health.

Tip 8 – Connection – Humans are social animals. We are at our best when we have a supporting, nurturing group of friends and family around us. Our connection to others is therefore very important. Loneliness can be the single most damaging thing to our mental health. We also need connection to our surroundings, and so access to nature is also often very good for our mental health.

Tip 9 – Don’t bottle things up – Us Brits are very good at bottling up our emotions. The old ‘stiff upper lip’. However, this is really damaging to our mental health. If we do not find a way to safely release and express our emotions, then they will build up and eventually explode and overwhelm us. This is why we have angry outbursts or panic attacks. Often, we bottle things up as we are scared of becoming out of control, however ironically by bottling things up we increase the likelihood of becoming out of control.

Tip 10 – Have purpose – We all need to feel that we have a purpose in life. Be that to be a great parent, or to invent the next techno product. We need our life to have meaning. We need something to get out of bed in the morning for. If we have no purpose, we often give up and become depressed.

Read my other blogs for more information on all of these tips.

For more information, or just a chat, please contact me on 07742 209312 or nicole@greenoaktherapies.co.uk

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