Stay Mentally Well
Stay Mentally Well
The last few years have been a tough one for us all with the pandemic, lockdowns and recent cost of living crisis having a huge impact on our mental health.
If you’re struggling you can contact Mindline emotional support and mental health helpline, open 24/7 – 01823 276 892.
The dark winter months can bring a host of mental health issues to the forefront of our minds. Be kind to yourself and make time for things that make you happy. From a simple cuppa, reading a book, to a warm bath, take moments to have some calm time and a break away from the stresses of everyday life.
Christmas can be one of the most challenging times for people who may have lost loved ones or be struggling at home. It’s really important we take time to ask one another ‘are you ok?’ and encourage people to talk.
How we feel can change from day to day and sometimes from hour to hour. If you’re struggling we’ve got some tips to support your mental wellbeing.
Five steps to wellbeing
There are many people of all ages living with mental health problems and if you or someone you care about is struggling, try just taking one of the NHS five steps to wellbeing to improve your mental health:
- Connect with other people – good relationships are important for your mental wellbeing. They can help you to build a sense of belonging, provide an opportunity to share positive experiences and give emotional support.
- Be physically active – Keeping active is a great way to improve your mental wellbeing, but this doesn’t mean you have to go to the gym. Take a walk, have a kickabout in the garden or just dance around the living room to your favourite music.
- Learn new skills – research shows that learning new skills can also improve your mental wellbeing boosting your self-confidence and giving you a sense of purpose.
- Give to others – acts of giving and kindness can help improve your mental wellbeing by creating positive feelings and help you connect with other people.
- Pay attention to the present moment – Take some time to be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.
Everyone’s mental wellbeing changes throughout their life, but it’s important never to just put up with poor mental health. If you’re concerned about how you are feeling, please speak to your GP or visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/.
There are many local and online mental health services which can provide support and guidance at times when you or someone you know might need help with their mental health. Find out what’s available in Somerset by visiting our mental health services webpage.
- NHS mindfulness resources
- NHS every mind matters
- Mind peer support
- Somerset Mental Health hub
- Somerset Emotional Wellbeing colleague hub – a dedicated online resource for health and care workers and volunteers in Somerset.
- Mindline – 01823 276 892, free emotional support and mental health helpline, open 24/7.
- The MeeToo app for 11-18yr olds in Somerset.