Advice

Advice

There are many things you can do to ease the symptoms of common mental health problems. The first step is accepting how you feel and valuing yourself, with kindness and self-respect. The next step is trying to find a technique to improve how you are feeling:

  • Learning how to relax is important. Relaxation and breathing exercises are helpful; Yoga and Pilates for example could to help you unwind.
  • Changing your diet may help ease your symptoms. Too much caffeine can make you more anxious than normal, can disrupt your sleep and also speed up your heartbeat.
  • Drinking plenty of water also ensures that you are refreshed, and has been shown to improve state of mind.
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol, which have been shown to make feelings of anxiety worse.
  • Strive to get sufficient sleep. If you are tired, you are less likely to be able to control any anxious feelings, and are at greater risk of developing depression.
  • Regular exercise will help you combat stress and release tension. It also encourages your brain to release the chemical serotonin, which can improve your mood.
  • Build a support network. Surrounding yourself with positive people is a good way to improve your mood and provide emotional support. Family and social connections can also provide new opportunities by making plans or supporting new activities.
  • Cultivate resilience.

You may have to try several techniques to find the method that works best for you. However, if you have already tried self-help techniques and they aren’t working, you should contact your GP for further support and guidance.

Remember seeking help is a sign of strength and a positive step towards a healthier you.

 

Further Reading

Mental health information, factsheets and leaflets may be found on a number of useful websites; for specific subjects see the links in the table below:

SubjectWeb link
AntidepressantsRoyal College of Psychiatry
Anxietywww.anxietyuk.org.uk
Bipolar Affective DisorderRoyal College of Psychiatry
Children, Young People and Mental healthwww.youngminds.org.uk
Royal College of Psychiatry
Rethink
Cognitive Behavioural TherapyRoyal College of Psychiatry
DementiaDementia UK
Alzheimers.org.uk
DepressionRoyal College of Psychiatry
Eating DisordersBeat Eating Disorders
Obsessive Compulsive DisordersMIND
Personality DisorderMIND
PhobiasMIND
Post natal DepressionMIND
Post-Traumatic Stress DisorderRoyal College of Psychiatry
SchizophreniaRoyal College of Psychiatry
Self-HarmNational Self harm Network
Royal College of Psychiatry
Social PhobiaRoyal College of Psychiatry
Substance Abuse and mental IllnessMIND
Talking Treatment/ TherapiesMIND