Your mental wellbeing is so important and there are things you can do to maintain or improve it.
Mental wellbeing means feeling good, about ourselves and the world around us – and functioning well.
According to research, these five things can help boost our mental wellbeing!
Try and connect with the people around you, whether that’s your family, friends or neighbours. Building stronger social relationships can help us feel happier and more secure.
You don’t have to go to the gym to be active! Take a walk, go for a bike ride or a swim. A good tip would be to find an activity that you enjoy and make it a hobby.
Learning new skills can make you feel like you’ve achieved something and can improve your confidence. It doesn’t have to be about getting a qualification, you could cook a dish you haven’t cooked before, visit a museum or rediscover a hobby you liked.
Give to others
The smallest act of kindness can make such an impact, whether it’s a smile, a thank you or a compliment. Volunteering could improve your mental wellbeing and also help tick off tip 1 by connecting you with new people and helping build new social networks
Try and be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this “mindfulness” and it can change the way you feel about life in a positive way and how you approach challenges.
Getting support and help
Postnatal depression: If you think that you may be suffering from postnatal depression, it’s important to speak to your doctor or a health professional. YoungMinds, a mental health charity that specialises in child and adolescent mental health, provide a range of organisations that can help, which you can find here.
Suicidal thoughts: If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, it is so important to seek advice immediately from a member of your family, a friend or someone you trust. You can also call the Samaritans 24-hours-a-day on 116 123.
If you are in immediate danger or know someone who is, please call 999. It’s so, so important to reach out and talk to someone.
Young mum, Leanne, spoke to us about how she dealt with depression during her pregnancy and after she gave birth to her daughter, Aveya. You can watch her video here.