Mental health was once a topic a lot of people were hesitant to discuss due to the negative stigma attached, however, following the COVID-19 pandemic and life in lockdown, a large majority of people have come to realise that discussing our mental health is extremely important.

Our mental health is just as important as our physical and emotional health, so increasing the awareness is paramount as early intervention can support a fast recovery. The three areas are connected, for instance, I feel (emotional) like going for a walk (physical) to boost my mood (mental). Our minds are very powerful and the decisions we make influence the action we take.

We would like to share a few tips to support mental health wellbeing.

Sleep is essential for all three aspects of our health and rest is very important for our bodies. Eating well with plenty of protein to stabilise energy levels along with a variety of fruit and vegetables each day to ensure your body is taking in vital nutrients. Exercise is a natural mood enhancer by encouraging the brain to release endorphins, walking is one of the best forms of exercise so don’t feel as though you need to do anything more in order to reap the benefits. Breathing in fresh air and feeling the warmth of the sun is comforting and relaxing.

A decline in mental health can often result in isolation, reach out to friends and family, say yes to that dinner invite and phone someone to talk to instead of texting.

If you are struggling and would like to speak with someone, please reach out to a trusted family member, friend or consider contacting Mind a UK based charity offering information, advice and support to people suffering with their mental health.