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Mental health

The term ‘mental health problems’ covers a range of conditions ranging from anxiety, depression through to severe and enduring mental illness. Discover how to improve your mental wellbeing.

Mental healthThe term ‘mental health problems’ covers a range of conditions ranging from anxiety, depression through to severe and enduring mental illness. While some people will recover quickly, for others it will take much longer.

It is well recognised that good mental health is linked to good physical health. Mental health conditions are commonplace. One in four of us will have problems with our mental health at some time in our lives.

Evidence suggests there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing.

  • Connect. Connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships.
  • Be active. You don’t have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football. Find the activity that you enjoy, and make it a part of your life.
  • Keep learning. Learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. So why not sign up for that cooking course, start learning to play a musical instrument, or figure out how to fix your bike?
  • Give to others. Even the smallest act can count, whether it’s a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts, such as volunteering at your local community centre, can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social networks.
  • Take notice. Be more aware of the present moment, including your feelings and thoughts, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness “mindfulness”, and it can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.

Your GP is not just there for your physical wellbeing, they can also help with any concerns you have about your mental health. If you are worried, book an appointment with your GP.

 

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