How can I help myself?
FEELING GOOD, STAYING HEALTHY
We all have mental health, and just like our physical health there are many ways we can look after it. There are lots of things that we can do to keep our mind well, or help us to recover when times are tough. Exercising, eating well, spending time with friends and helping others out are all good ways of looking after our wellbeing. For more information and suggestions visit the Young Minds and the Mental Health Foundation websites.
If you live in Cambridgeshire, you can also find a range of fun activities near you on the Youthoria website or visit the new 'Be Well' site for information on keeping your body and mind well.
When Healthwatch recently asked local young people what they did when they felt stressed or anxious, these were some of the things that helped them:
- Talking to someone
- Listening to music
- Art or colouring in books
- Writing things down
- Going out with friends
- Doing sport.
Some people find the '5 Ways to Wellbeing' a useful way of thinking about how you can look after your wellbeing:
Connect with the people around you and make time for family and friends.
Be active - Go for a run, play football, cycle to college or sign up for a dance class...whatever it is, make sure it is something you enjoy
Take notice - Be aware of the world around you and how you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.
Keep learning - whether it's learning how to cook your favorite food or taking up a new sport or hobby, it's all good for our mind!
Give - Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile :) Volunteer your time. It can be incredibly rewarding.
Exercise stimulates positive endorphins, clears your head and lifts your mood.Healthy body = healthy mind