When we think about improving health, it’s often the physical that springs to mind, but mental wellbeing is just as important. Luckily, it’s rising up the list of priorities for many people. Whether you’re feeling stressed about a certain area of your life or you want to be able to relax more, these tips can help boost your mental health and cultivate a positive mindset.
1. Make time for the things you enjoy: When you’re stressed, it’s easy to focus on what’s causing you concern and skipping the things you’d normally do. But having a break and some time to think about other things can be exactly what you need. Doing the things you enjoy can remind you of the things you should be grateful for and deliver a positive boost to your mental health.
2. Be sociable: When we’re worried some people have a tendency to shut themselves off from loved ones and avoid social situations. However, connecting with others has plenty of benefits, from improving your self-esteem to offering a support network if you need it. Making plans with family and friends gives you something to look forward to as well.
3. Exercise: Exercising might be the last thing on your mind when you have concerns. Whilst it’s associated with physical health, exercise is just as good for mental wellbeing too. Getting your blood pumping releases feel-good hormones that can improve your mood and focus. It doesn’t have to be a lengthy gym session, a brisk walk can be just as beneficial.
4. Get outdoors: With the British weather, getting outdoors isn’t always attractive. But it’s been linked to improving mental wellbeing. An activity outdoors can help alleviate some of the stress that you may be feeling. Where possible, try heading to a park or calm area to help you get away from it all.
5. Practice mindfulness: Modern life often means our thoughts are distracted and we fail to focus on the present. This is where mindfulness can help. Focussing on what you’re doing now, rather than concerns about something that has happened or may occur, can lead to a better state of mental wellbeing and help you appreciate life more.
6. Understand your triggers: Do you know what leads to you feeling stressed? Understanding what triggers poor mental wellbeing can help you better manage low points. It’s an area that’s personal, keeping a written note of what’s causing you to lose positivity, worry or just generally feel low can help you put together a plan to tackle it.
7. Eat well: Everyone knows food is important for physical health, but ensuring you get a balanced diet is crucial for mental wellbeing. Foods that are packed with vitamins and minerals can help your body run at its best, giving you more energy, improving concentration, and leading to a better mood or outlook overall.
8. Get plenty of sleep: Sleep is really important for mental wellbeing. However, if you’re feeling stressed, it can make drifting off far more difficult, creating a vicious circle. If it’s an issue, giving yourself plenty of time to unwind beforehand can help, others find that exercising in the evening can help them drift off too.
9. Set goals: If you’re stressed about something, in particular, it’s often due to the scale of it. Perhaps a challenge seems too big to overcome or a solution feels impossible. Breaking down the steps you need to tick off into manageable chunks can make you feel far more positive. Being able to track your progress as you work towards a bigger goal can ease worries too.
10. Don’t be afraid to ask for help: We all need a helping hand sometimes, but asking for help when you’re stressed can still be a difficult thing to do. Whether you simply turn to family and friends or seek professional help, it can greatly improve your mental wellbeing. As the saying goes: a problem shared is a problem halved.
Stress and your finances
There are many areas of life that can cause stress, but one of the most common is money. If you have concerns about your finances, you’re not alone. In fact, according to research from Ceridian 42% of UK employees would describe themselves as feeling stressed about money issues on a regular basis.
Financial worry can occur no matter your wealth. Whilst you might be earning a comfortable income, concerns about what would happen if it stopped, whether you’re saving enough for retirement, or how investments will perform are typical. Taking control of your money and building a financial plan that reflects your goals can improve overall wellbeing. If this is an area you’d like support in, please contact us.