Mental Fitness Corner
The Mental Fitness Corner
Welcome to the mental fitness corner, where we share tips and resources to help you improve your mental health and wellbeing. Mental health is not just the absence of mental illness, but a state of wellbeing where you feel good and function well in the world. Good mental health can help you cope with stress, achieve your goals, and enjoy life.
Why is mental health important?
Mental health is important for everyone, regardless of age, gender, culture, or background. Mental health affects how we think, feel, and act. It also influences how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is essential for our physical health, relationships, work, and personal growth.
How can I improve my mental health?
There are many things you can do to improve your mental health and wellbeing. Here are some tips based on evidence and expert advice:
- Build relationships. Having good relationships with other people is the most important factor contributing to a sense of wellbeing. This can include relationships with family, friends, workmates and others in the community. Investing time and energy in your relationships can lead to great benefits for all involved.
- Exercise and stay healthy. Exercise has been shown to increase wellbeing as well as reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. Good physical health is related to better mental health so a healthy diet, cutting back on alcohol and other drugs, getting a good night’s sleep, and regular checkups with the doctor can all help.
- Develop gratitude. Count your blessings. Try keeping a gratitude journal and writing down 3 things you were grateful for and 3 things you were able to accomplish each day. This can lead to increased wellbeing.
- Identify and use your strengths. We all have different strengths and weaknesses. Identifying and using your strengths and talents can increase wellbeing. A strengths questionnaire is available at Authentic Happiness.
- Do activities that you enjoy. Whether it’s reading, gardening, painting, or playing games, doing something you love can boost your mood and reduce stress. Creative expression and overall well-being are linked.
- Show some love to someone in your life. Close, quality relationships are key for a happy, healthy life. Expressing your appreciation and affection can strengthen your bond and make you both feel good.
- Learn something new. Learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and confidence. It can also be fun and stimulating for your brain. You can try taking a course, joining a club, or learning a language.
- Spend time in nature. Being in nature can have a positive impact on your mental health. It can help you relax, reduce stress, and improve your mood. You can try going for a walk, visiting a park, or gardening.
- Seek help when you need it. Sometimes we all need some extra support or guidance to cope with life’s challenges. If you are feeling overwhelmed, depressed, anxious, or suicidal, don’t hesitate to reach out to someone you trust or a professional service. There are many resources available to help you improve your mental health and wellbeing.
We hope you find this corner helpful and inspiring. Remember that taking care of your mental health is not selfish or weak; it’s smart and strong. You deserve to be happy and healthy!
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Important: If you find yourself struggling to navigate your emotions or are experiencing significant distress, consider seeking support from a mental health professional. They can provide guidance and help you develop personalised strategies to manage your emotions effectively.
Dr Rosanna Francis is a clinical psychologist who believes in the inner strength of the individual, and the value of tapping into these strengths and learning new skills to help one live a more comfortable, fulfilling life. She has over 20 years experience working across a diverse range of psychological issues, including anxiety, depression, complex trauma, relationships, stress, self-confidence, and emotion regulation; and, a special interest (research & clinical) in working with people with high intellectual ability who struggle with anxiety.