We all go through stressful situations but it’s important to prioritise our mental health and do the best that we can to keep our minds healthy. Read on to find out how.

Do the things you love

Having hobbies is about more than just having something to do to pass the time. Doing the things that you enjoy will help you improve your mood and cheer you up. If you feel like you’ve exhausted your hobbies so much that you may be enjoying them a little less lately, you can find other cool things to do. It’s never too late to develop new hobbies.

Seek help

Dealing with mental health isn’t easy, but it’s a little bit better when you know that support is available to you. Never feel guilty or embarrassed about asking for help because everyone goes through highs and lows. Reach out to someone you trust or use these helplines to get professional assistance. There’s always someone who’s willing to listen.

Avoid drugs and alcohol

If you’re feeling stressed out, anxious or depressed, it’s normal to want an escape, but substance abuse is not the solution. Abusing harmful substances like drugs and alcohol can make you feel worse because of the lasting impact they have on your mind and body. If you ever find yourself needing someone to talk to or someone to help you overcome substance addiction, turn to these resources.

Add a little sunlight

Sometimes going outside for a bit of air and some sunlight can help improve your mood. Sunlight is a great source of vitamin D, which helps our bodies release serotonin and endorphins - these chemicals improve our mood drastically. So, stepping out to add a bit of sunshine when you’re feeling a little blue or stressed out is absolutely necessary. Remember to wear your mask and keep safe when doing this.

Get enough sleep

Stress and anxiety may cause you to struggle to sleep, but getting as much rest as possible is more important now than ever. Everyone’s lives have changed drastically and our routines have been turned upside down, which can affect our sleeping patterns. Being well rested will improve your mood as well as your physical and mental health. If you struggle with getting quality sleep then you may need to limit screen time, and avoid caffeine and heavy meals in the late afternoon. Be sure to consult your doctor or healthcare professional if your sleep issues persist.

With the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown regulations making it difficult to spend time with your loved ones, it’s normal that you might feel lonely or sad, but it’s important to try and look on the bright side and try these techniques to lift your spirit. Acknowledge when you’re feeling unwell and prioritise your mental health.

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