Written by Gloucester Projects Team Leader Zoe Warner
We all have points in our lives when we feel down, when we simply cannot pull ourselves out of the darkness. We can find ourselves in so many situations, things that can happen within our lives that can have an impact on our mental health and how we feel.
While we can’t always choose or control what happens, we can control how we react and how we feel.
Taking charge and finding ways to look after our own mental health is one of the kindest things we can do for ourselves. Even though you may realise this already, that doesn’t mean that it is easy to do.
Here are some of the best ways to help you manage your own mental health.
Have a support team around you
When you struggle with your mental health, you will likely want to hide away and not talk to anyone or face any social situations. However, this could be the worst thing that you can do. It is essential to do what you can to try and stay social and keep talking. Try to have a support team around you, ready and willing to listen to you when you need to speak and lift you when you are feeling low. This could be speaking to friends, family or work colleagues. If you are an Elim tenant, speak to your housing officer – we are always here to listen and support you.
You will have heard that being active and exercising can have a hugely positive impact on your mental health, which is said for a reason. You must consider your physical lifestyle and how active you are. You don’t need to start training for a marathon, but you do need to make sure that you understand how important it is to get moving and keep moving. If you can get active outdoors in nature, even better, a walk in the woods, a stroll around the park, paddling in the sea even sitting on the beach can all help to make you feel better.
Take the time to learn about yourself
If you want to take charge of your mental health, you will need to take the time to learn as much about yourself as you can. When you identify some of the triggers for the way you feel or things that could be causing your mental health to decline, you are already on the way to making sure that you recover and get yourself back to where you want to be.
Speak to a professional
If you are really finding things hard and do not know where to turn, it may be time to speak to a professional. They will be able to help you make sense of the way you are feeling, and recommend some things that you can explore to make you feel better.
Mental health is something that we all need to take seriously and that we all need to work on fixing. Whether it is anxiety, depression, or anything else causing a change to the way you feel, working on yourself is a sure-fire way to get you back to feeling the way you want to feel.