Self Care – This can be anything from doing a face mask, getting your nails done, going for a walk, listening to your favourite podcast, running a relaxing bath or having a facial… anything that you do solely for you to make yourself feel good! By incorporating self-care activities into your daily routine, you give your body and mind time to rest and reset. 

Social Connections – Our relationships with family, friends and co-workers can have a huge impact on our mental health. When we are socially connected, we are more likely to make healthy choices and have better mental and physical health outcomes. We are also more able to cope with hard times, stress, anxiety and depression so social connections are key to helping your mental health. 

Exercise – Exercise is a scientifically proven mood booster, helping to decrease symptoms of anxiety and depression. Physical activity releases feel-good hormones that make you feel better in yourself and give you more energy. Even just small amounts of moderate exercise throughout the week can massively boost self confidence and self esteem. 

Sleep – Getting enough sleep, and more importantly, enough high quality sleep is extremely important for our mental health. Ensuring you regularly get between 7 and 9 hours sleep a night helps to improve your brain performance, mood and energy levels. It also helps your body to remain healthy and stave off diseases. 

Nutrition and Hydration – The link between our gut health and mental health is becoming clearer. Our digestive system (often described as the ‘second brain’) produces over 90% of all serotonin (the ‘happy’ hormone) in our body. Eating a well balanced diet and staying hydrated can help improve mood, increase energy levels and help you think clearer. 

If you a struggling with your mental health and need support, please reach out, there are lots of organisations you can turn to. Click here to find help.