Welcome to my third blog post and I wanted to start by saying a huge thank you to all of you who take time out to read my blogs and support. This along with the support I get on all of my social media platforms truly does mean a lot – It gives me the strength to carry on.
Mental health awareness is so important in every day life these days. There used to be a time when nobody would talk about it because of the stigma that surrounded mental health but these days it is getting a lot better. In this blog I am going to open up and share some things on how I deal with it personally by calling out a few dos and dont’s. This is all my own view and how I handle things, however I wanted to share this with you guys and maybe you can take something from it to help in your own life.
- Talk about it. Possibly the easiest thing to do on paper, but definitely one of the hardest to actually put into practice for a lot of people. I have found that by talking about Mental Health it has made things easier for me to cope.
- Exercise – This will help you get a rush of good Endorphins to your brain on a daily basis. Exercising can be in any form whether it be a sport or just a brisk walk in the evening, getting out and doing this has made such a huge difference to my mental state and I am sure it would be the same for a lot of people.
- Eat healthy, think healthy and be healthy. All of this triggers the mind to be healthy and trying to keep busy in everyday life and in work life. Keeping busy can help keep the mind occupied and stimulated.
- Watching a good film can really help me switch off my mind when I need to.
- Do more of what makes you happy! This sounds simple but if you have a list of things that make you happy, by doing them you will naturally improve your mental state of happiness.
- Try to find an interest activity or hobby to keep you busy. For me personally it is the Gym and Instagram. I use these two so that my brain and my body can stay stimulated.
- Set yourself Goals of all sizes. By setting yourself reachable goals, no matter how small, it will help give you a sense of achievement and purpose.
- Do your best to go out in public places like coffee shops, smile at others and talk to people and staff to make friends. This is something I really enjoy doing because I love meeting new people.
- It goes without saying, A little retail therapy can always help me. Fashion, clothes and styling can really help me and for those of you who enjoy the same then it could help you too.
- I always find that being kind to others and offering help makes me feel good. Knowing that I have potentially improved someone’s day can be a real uplift to my spirits. I do this by volunteering in my free time at a registered charity called Boxing Futures they help young adults. I find that helping this charity also benefits me because I can meet new people and share experiences. It also has its benefits from a health and fitness point of view because it keeps me active and allows me to be part of a group in a friendly environment.
- A personal favourite of mine that I like to share is that you should try and look in the mirror so that you can learn to like yourself more! To make it funny I would say smile at yourself for 60 seconds and attempt not to laugh – I bet you can’t do it without laughing!
- A really important part of Mental Health is your surroundings, and a big part of that is the people you hang around. Surrounding yourself with positive people is a must! They can help you and support you in times of need and also help push you further in all walks of life, whereas negative people will always bring you down.
- I try to train my mind to see the good rather than the bad in things. This ensures I am always keeping a positive vibe around me and if you keep a positive vibe then you will always remain upbeat.
Things I try to avoid (Don’t)
- Keeping it to yourself and not talking about it. This can cause things to build up.
- Avoid hanging around with negative people and consistently talking negative! Positive surroundings make for a positive mind.
- Continually doing things that make you unhappy. Simple.
- Spending too much time over thinking!
- Heavy drinking of Alcohol and too many late nights. Sleep is so important for the brain to function, depriving the body and mind from sleep can really have a negative impact.
- Eating junk food too much always makes me feel worse and (this will make you tired and feel worse especially with a hangover!
- Complaining about little things daily. Always avoid negativity no matter how small.
- Setting yourself an unrealistic goal or target which then leads to disappointment. The point of goals and targets is to be able to achieve them so that it can increase our motivation. Make them realistic.
- Comparing yourself to others especially on social media! This is something many of us have done but we should try avoid as we need to remember that social media paints a picture that isn’t necessarily the truth. Everyone is different so we should only look to improve ourselves against ourselves and not what is on social media.
I truly believe all the above works and is definitely worth trying. I use these in everyday life and I can honestly say it definitely 100% helps with my mental health if my methods can help even one person then I will be a very happy man! Please feel free to get in touch and let me know if you try any of the above methods as I would love to hear how you get on.