Looking after yourself
How can we look after ourselves? Looking after ourselves might also be described as looking after your mental ‘wellbeing’. They are the same thing.
Mental wellbeing can describe how you are feeling and how well you can cope with life on a day to day basis. If you have good wellbeing you are comfortable, happy and healthy. You can talk to people, you can express your feelings, you feel confident, you can live productively. You feel useful, you feel like you can get a lot done. You can adapt and be ok when times are tough.
If you are finding any of these things hard, you might find it useful reading our tips below. Download our ‘What can I do’ pocket guide and visit www.findgetgive.com for more help, support and advice.
Lots of things can affect your mental wellbeing like friendships, family, school and work. Feeling good is something you deserve!
What can I do when it comes to…? Is a handy pocket sized leaflet that is packed full of tips and advice for keeping mentally healthy, from food and sleep to drug abuse.
This guide has been produced by our Right Here Ambassadors aged 16-25 years old.
If you feel you have low mental health and wellbeing then visit your GP to get help. DocReady is a website that can help you plan your visit and what you want to say to your doctor. Some people find it helps to distract themselves, especially if they feel they may self harm. We understand the ideas below might not work for everyone, but they might help you:
- Something fun: listen to music, watch your fave tv show, do a puzzle (sudoko, wordsearch) or pop some bubblewrap!
- Something creative: painting, drawing or writing. Some people find drawing on yourself with a non-permanent red marker pen can help.
- Something new: read a different magazine, try yoga, learn an instrument, do some physical exercise like go for a walk or jog.
- Something comforting: allow yourself to cry, phone or meet someone you care about, sleep, cuddle a soft toy or pillow, relax in the bath or have a hot chocolate.
You’ll find more ideas here. If you find it difficult, it can be helpful to start by distracting yourself for a short time, and build it up gradually. Visit our self-harm page for more information on this.
5 ways to wellbeing
1. 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. (We’re always looking for new volunteers just check out our page).
2. 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.
3. CONNECT: Connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships. Volunteering is a good way to get involved or why not check out some of our free activities for 18-25 year olds?
4. 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.
5. 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?
Talk to someone
Talking can help you to understand what’s going on, how you’re feeling and to come up with ideas to feel better. It can also help others to know how you’re feeling and understand why you’re doing the things you do. Try talking to friends and family or find services in your local area by visiting www.findgetgive.com