One person dies every 40 seconds
According to the World Health Organisation, around 800,000 people die of suicide every year. In line with Mental Health Awareness month, we wanted to discuss something that is still stigmatised and remains largely a taboo in our current society, and how we can help bring some light into this tunnel.
We all know the importance of looking after our physical health, but what about our mental health? Our mental health can often take a back seat in favour of what is more productive or urgent. While we may be aware that this is not healthy, it is very easy to slip into a bad habit and never notice. By using these 10 ways to look after your mental health you can ensure that you never slip into a bad habit again.
1. Get quality sleep everyday
Have you ever noticed that the more sleep deprived you are, the more irritable and moody you are? The brain needs to recharge every single day. We need sleep in order to have a working mind, and a healthy body. Getting sufficient quality sleep daily will even help to reduce memory loss. A good rule of thumb is eight hours.
2. Surround yourself with positive people
Positive people are more likely to engage with you in a healthy way, both mentally and physically. Social connections that bring out positivity will give our lives meaning – strong family ties, friendship, social community – are a good start to a cornerstone of good mental health.
3. Keep yourself active, at least 150 minutes of exercise a week
By moderating your lifestyle, and incorporating regular exercise, you can stay healthy. Exercising releases endorphins, which improve your mood and help you sleep, thus strengthening your resistance to stress, so you are not only improving your physical health, but also your overall mental well-being.
4. Pick up a new skill or hobby
Whether you are seeking a creative outlet or wondering how to recover from a mental illness, it's never too late to start learning new skills. By learning a new skill or hobby, it can help you relax and take your mind off of things that might be bothering you right now. You might even feel a sense of fulfilment in your life.
5. Buy someone a Happy Pill
Spend a day saying YES to life with a Happy Pill, a pin of positivity. Here’s a capsule filled with smiles, pin this up for a chance of being happy. If you know of anyone who needs a little boost to make them feel better, this Happy Pill pin will make their day. When times get hard and you're struggling to keep it upbeat, just pin it up. One pin at a time, you can fill this capsule with happy thoughts and positive energy.
6. Get a mental workout
Take your mind off and play a game of Scrabble with your family or a round or 2 of Mahjong with your friends, they provide fun mental workouts for your brain.
7. Laugh yourself silly
Laughter is indeed the best medicine, and it can be a natural stress reliever. There's enough seriousness in this world, we don’t need any more of it. So, why not just take that load off and make it fun.
8. Do something you enjoy doing
What did you enjoy doing in the past before things started taking a turn? Doing something you enjoy will give you that boost of confidence that you find yourself losing. By doing something we are good at, it will also make us feel in control, our mind is occupied and we can lose ourselves in the moment.
9. Take a break
It's impossible to do a good job if you don't take a break and wind down. A healthy, well-balanced life includes taking time to relax and recuperate. Whether it’s taking a power nap or trying out meditation, finding ways to slow down and recharge is important so you can be better prepared to meet the challenges that come your way.
10. Speak to someone
There may be times when you feel overwhelmed, where just getting out of bed seems a challenge. It’s ok to open up and ask for help. For a start, your family or friends may be able to offer practical help or a listening ear. If you feel it’s not working out for you, seek help from a counsellor or a therapist.