Focus On Your Mental Health

When our mental health and wellbeing is right, we feel more positive about ourselves, enjoy the company of friends and family and feel read to tackle life’s challenges.

We all face days where we feel worried, confused or down-trodden. However, when it becomes challenging to do everyday things such as hanging out with friends, completing work or enjoying hobbies, this could be a sign that we have a problem with our mental health.

There a variety of mental health problems. Whether it be depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders or psychosis, dealing with these mental health problems can be tough. However, with the help of friends and family, and the right professionals, we can find positive ways to overcome our inner battles.

By making simple changes to our lives, we can make a real difference to our mental health, feeling good is worth investing in and the best thing is that these simple tips won’t cost you much time or money.

Understand why you focus on negatives and challenge the negative feelings –

Ask yourself if there is another way of looking at things?

What advice would you give to a friend who was having similar negative feelings?

Remind yourself about things that have happened which prove these negatives thoughts aren’t true.

Maybe the thing that caused those feelings has stopped.

Try writing down a list of these things to keep and bring out next time you feel low.


Focus on the Positives 

Write down your best feature, the last time you received a compliment, the last time you did something for someone that made you feel good.  These might seem like small things, but it is important to recognise all the good things about you and the reasons why people appreciate you for being who you are.

Spend more time with the ones who make you feel good and less with the ones who don’t make you feel confident about yourself or spend a lot of time criticizing others.

Think about doing something you enjoy or trying something new.  If you already have a hobby, do it more often, but remember you don’t have to keep plugging away at a hobby you don’t enjoy just because you think you must.

Set yourself goals, choose something you know you can already do and challenge yourself but keep your goals realistic.  Achievements can give you a positive feeling and remind you just how much you are capable of.

If you’re really struggling with negative feelings about yourself talk to someone you can trust, like family member or friend.  You can also talk to your GP who will be able to tell you the sort of support might be available to you in your area.

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