Top Tips for Maintaining Good Mental Health

Talk about your feelings
Talking about how you are feeling can help to alleviate the situation and deal with times of stress

Keep active
Regular exercise can boost your mental health, self-esteem, confidence and help you sleep better

Eat well
A diet that is good for your physical health is good for your mental health

Drink sensibly
Alcohol can affect your mood, and only provides a temporary solution to manage difficult problems

Keep in touch
Catching up with friends and family ensures you don’t become isolated and can boost your mental health

Ask for help
None of us are superhuman! If things are getting to much for you, please talk to someone, either friends/family, your trainer/assessor or our Mental Health Coordinator, Annette Davey.

Annette can be contacted on or 07872 409897.

Take a break
A change of scene or pace is good, it could be a five minute pause, a lunch break at work or a weekend away. A few minutes can be enough to de-stress you

Do something you are good at
Doing an activity you enjoy probably means you’re good at it, and achieving something boosts your self-esteem

Accept who you are
We are all different. It’s much healthier to accept that you’re unique than to wish you were more like someone else

Care for others
Caring for others is an important part of building successful relationships, which can be vital when dealing with different situations

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