There are a number of positive actions you can take to enhance your mental wellness. These ten tips can be easily incorporated into your daily routines to help you maintain or improve your mental wellness. In times of significant stress, loss or grief it can be beneficial to focus on these positive behaviours to maximise your ability to be resilient and lead a healthy life. Read the tips below and think about the positive things you already incorporate into your lifestyle. Take the tips you have not included in your lifestyle yet and challenge yourself to make them relevant too and include them in your life.
Keeping your body active and physically strong, provides benefits for your mental wellbeing as it plays a role in reducing and preventing stress. Exercise does not have to consist of a workout at the gym. Alternatives may include: a walk, a bike ride, work in the garden, stretching, yoga or light weights.
Ensuring that we have a balanced diet and are getting the right nutrients to fuel our body supports our central nervous system and improves overall health.
We all have stresses in our lives but learning how to deal with them when they threaten to overwhelm us will maintain our mental health. Make yourself take a break.
It’s important to get a good night’s sleep, preferably eight hours of un‐interrupted. Sleep is a universal prerequisite to health and happiness. If you are experiencing problems with sleeping, you should seek help. There are all kinds of simple strategies to help you sleep better.
Make time for leisure activities that bring you joy, whether it be reading, watching a movie, connecting with others or taking a bath. Your body needs time to take a break from your responsibilities and recharge.
Keep alcohol use to a minimum and avoid other drugs. Sometimes people use alcohol and other drugs to "self-medicate" but in reality, alcohol and other drugs only aggravate problems.
Nothing makes you feel better about yourself or the world around you than a good laugh. It’s a great medicine, especially if you can learn to laugh at yourself. Laughter can be very therapeutic so try to incorporate laughter into your day.
Doing things for others is a great tonic when you’re feeling down. Helping a friend, family or a community organization can make you feel included and empowered.
It’s easy to get caught up in the desire to do and experience new things, but having too much on your plate can be counter-productive. Try making a list. If possible, break large tasks into smaller, more manageable items that can easily be ﬁnished.
Surround yourself with positive people, avoid people or situations that drain your energy. Ensure that your support team offers unconditional love. Network with others who are motivated and aligned with your passions and purpose, and contribute genuinely to the group effort.