9 tips to boost your mental health
Make it a habitHere are some activities that can improve or help maintain good mental health:
- Creative expression: Engage in creative activities like playing an instrument, creating visual art, or writing poetry or stories. Expressing yourself creatively can be therapeutic and empowering.
- Single-tasking: Commit to focusing on one task at a time. Avoid multi-tasking, as it can reduce productivity and negatively impact your mood.
- Disconnect from tech: Take time away from your phone and other devices. Create a daily tech-free zone to recharge and reduce stress.
- Get it out: Don't suppress your feelings. Instead, express them. Write in a journal, draw, paint, or talk about your emotions with a friend or in a counselling session.
- Meditate: Practice mindfulness through meditation. Even a few minutes of daily meditation can improve focus, mood regulation, and reduce stress.
- Take 5 in nature: Spend time outside and with animals to boost your feel-good hormones, increase energy levels and reduce depression.
- Maintain healthy boundaries: Be direct about your needs and values with others. Prioritise self-care and learn to say ‘no’ when needed.
- Learn something new: Engaging in learning activities boosts confidence and self-esteem, and it provides a sense of purpose.
- Connect with others: Good relationships provide a sense of belonging and emotional support. Make time to catch up with family or friends, even if it's not in-person.
Embrace these tips and strategies to prioritise your well-being and support others in their mental wellness journey. Reach out, connect, and make a difference.
If you feel that you might need help, don't ignore it. Reach out to relevant resources, such as:
- R U OK? (resources to help you start a conversation with those around you who may be struggling with life)
- SANE Australia (people living with a mental illness) Phone: 1800 18 7263
- Beyond Blue (anyone feeling depressed or anxious) Phone: 1300 22 4636 or chat online
- Black Dog Institute (people affected by mood disorders) Online help
- Lifeline (anyone having a personal crisis) Phone: 13 11 14 or chat online
- Suicide Call Back Service (anyone thinking about suicide) Phone: 1300 659 467
Remember, reaching out for help is a sign of strength, not defeat.
Listen, look, and ask. If you think there is an immediate risk of self-harm, call emergency services (000).
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