10 Tips to Stay Mentally Healthy:
Connect with others
Develop and maintain strong relationships with people around you who will enrich your life—personal relationships greatly affect our wellbeing.
Take time to enjoy
Set aside time for activities, projects and hobbies you enjoy. Take a walk, read, sew, draw pictures with your kids, play with your pet—whatever takes your fancy.
Participate and share interests
Join a club/group of people who share the same interests as you. This creates a sense of belonging and is good for your mental health.
Contribute to your community
Volunteer for a cause or issue that you care about. Help out a neighbour, work in a community garden or do something nice for a friend. There are many ways to contribute that can make you feel good about yourself and your place in the world. Improving the lives of others will improve your life too.
Take care of yourself
Be active and eat well to maintain a healthy body—physical and mental health are closely linked. Physical activity and a balanced diet will keep you feeling good inside and out.
Learn a new skill or take on a challenge to meet a goal. Learning improves your mental fitness while striving to meet your own goals builds confidence and gives you a sense of achievement.
Deal with stress
Be aware of what triggers your stress and how you react. Stress is part of life, but becomes a problem when it makes you feel uncomfortable or distressed. A balanced lifestyle can help you manage the stress better—relaxation breathing or meditation can help.
Rest and refresh
Get plenty of sleep. Sleep restores both your mind and body. Allow yourself some unfocussed time each day to refresh—let your mind wander, daydream, or simply watch the clouds go by for a while.
Notice the here and now
Take a moment to notice your senses each day. Feel the sun and wind on your face and notice the air you’re breathing. Making an effort to be aware of your inner and outer world is important for your mental health.
Ask for help
It can be as simple as asking a friend to babysit while you have some time out or speaking to your doctor/nurse practitioner about where to find a counsellor or community mental health service. If you don’t get the help you need first off, keep asking until you do.