Mental health issues are something that a lot of people suffer with and it can be tough to get through. Having a support system to reach out to when you need it most and being able to talk to a professional if the issue is getting you down a lot is so important. But that’s not to say there are not ways we can’t help ourselves even just a little when we’re going through hard times. 

It’s not easy to be able to pull through a depressive stage, but with the right amount of support and being able to help yourself even if you truly feel like you can’t help in such a significant way. Just remember that it’s not ok to be ok and giving yourself a break way is something that will benefit you immensely. 

1) Make time for yourself

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Something that most of us tend to forget sometimes is to just give ourselves a break. Completely cut off from the rest of the world and just relax. It can be hard to even find the time most of the time but it’s so important to just have a little bit of time to yourself to unwind. When you’re going through a hard time mentally, you need to treat yourself with kindness and not go down the negative self-talk route.

Make time to do the things you’ve wanted to do for a while, whether that’s sorting through your wardrobe, watching a new TV show, playing your favourite game, cooking up some yummy food, have a bubble bath, have a self-care evening, read a book, do some yoga and treat yourself. It’s totally fine to take time off to unwind and think about yourself for a change and it will do your mind a world of good as well as your body.

Doing some deep breathing is also a really helpful way of relieving stress and calming yourself down. Listening to music has a load of benefits and perhaps doing something that distracts you and something you can get lost in.

2) Cut out toxic people

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The worst thing to do when you’re suffering from mental health problems and you’re surrounding yourself with toxic and negative people it can make things a lot worse. It’s important to know that cutting off toxic people is ok and it’s one of the biggest steps to take in order to make you feel better. When you’re struggling mentally and then talking to others about it and they don’t tend to shed a positive light and just constantly put you down or say you’re attention-seeking are the people that should be cut off.

In life, we all deserve to have people that are going to be there for us in our darkest times and in hopes we can do the exact same for them. Having people around that continue to show toxic behaviour isn’t worth your friendship and can in fact make your mental health a lot worse. It’s hard sometimes to actually reliase who is toxic and who’s not.

If you have someone who tends to control you or may belittle you then this is what a toxic relationship is. If it ends up being that they’re making you feel anxious, depressed or making you doubt your self-worth then it might be time to consider cutting that person off.

3) Excercise

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Exercise, excercise and more excercise it’s something we hear a lot and it’s definitely recommended for a lot of things in life. But it doesn’t only make your body healthier and your physique but it also does wonders for your mental wellbeing. You don’t have to go overboard and you don’t have to spend loads of money you can workout for free and you can do whatever type of excercise you prefer at the pace that suits you.

It can simply just be a half-hour walk and getting out into nature or if you’d rather excercise inside there are tons of YouTube videos to join in to. If you’re only just starting out with excercise and not really sure how to begin or where. A lot of workout videos offer beginner workouts that people can do if they’d prefer to keep it at a more moderate pace. Any type of exercise gets your sweat on and gets you feeling good and that’s the benefit of it. You don’t have to be an athlete to have a great workout and feel good afterwards.

You don’t have to feel pressured into doing excercise to ‘look good’ you can do it just for a boost of energy or to help you have a healthy mind. Sweat the bad mood away and either put in your music and go for a walk in the fresh air or turn on a YouTube video and work out for half an hour. Within the first five minutes or so you’ll feel so much better.  When you excercise your body releases stress-relieving and mood-boosting endorphins before and after you work out. Just remember any excercise is better than nothing and it’s about how your body and mind will feel after.

4) Giving to others 

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Giving can be something that can be very rewarding for anyone and it might make you feel a lot if you do something for someone else. If you see what you do as something that makes someone else smile then that’ll make you feel good. It’ll make you feel happy knowing you’ve put your time into helping out and seeing the positive results from that.

It’s always best to volunteer within something you’ll enjoy and are passionate about so perhaps a charity, a care home, soup kitchen things like that. It may also be good to get together with people that you know have been having a difficult time and to talk about things and help each other and that could perhaps be through a volunteer group and someone you meet. Not only does it help you mentally but also physically because you’re moving around.

You can also say thank you to someone for something that they have done for you, spend time with friends and family who need support and just showing how grateful you’re and you’ll feel so accomplished afterwards.

5) Manage stress

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Stress is most often something that can be tough to avoid and it creeps up on us at the worst of times. It can be difficult to avoid certain situations that would put you in a stressful position. But knowing what triggers your stress and knowing how to cope is important for maintaining good mental health. Try and make a list perhaps of what you’ve got coming up and if it’s to do with maybe a workload set certain days to do it to give yourself time to have a little break.

If you’re faced head-on with a stressful situation it can be difficult to know how to get out of it. It’s best to write down what’s worrying you and you’ll soon know that they can be managed. It’s best not to get yourself down about stressful situations and don’t let them take a toll on your mood face them upfront and realise you can get through it.

Don’t forget if you’re struggling with anything mental health-related and it’s impacting you and your life, don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help it’s ok not to be ok. 

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