Often people will forget about their mental health, or prioritise things like work or school above their mental well being. This can lead to us feeling stressed, emotional, anxious or even depressed.
By reminding yourself to take notice of your thoughts and feelings, look for any patterns in our thinking and notice when thoughts may take over our brains a bit, you can reduce your feelings of stress and become much more productive.
Professor Mark Williams, director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, says:
“It might be useful to remember that mindfulness isn’t about making these thoughts go away, but rather about seeing them as mental events.
“Imagine standing at a bus station and seeing ‘thought buses’ coming and going without having to get on them and be taken away. This can be very hard at first, but with gentle persistence it is possible.
Don’t ignore your thoughts or feelings, and try to prioritise your mental health in the same way you would your physical health. If you feel overwhelmed with a low mood, then it’s best to seek help from a professional. The NHS has a great tool to assess your mood and provide helpful advice to anyone with concerns over their mental health. Try it out here.
Here are some quick tips on improving your mental wellbeing:
Connect with people and talk things out
It’s important to connect with the people around you, whether that be friends, family or the New Roots team. Not only is it nice to have somebody to talk to about your day or your plans for the weekend, it’s also important to feel like you have somebody to go to with a problem, or if you have something troubling you.
Sometimes the best remedy for your low mood is to have somebody listen to your problems and support you.
You could join a gym, a sports club, or even just start going for walks. Exercising releases powerful chemicals in our brains that are linked to improving mood, confidence and of course your physical fitness levels.
Even though it may seem like a lot of effort and you feel like it won’t help much, it’s worth giving it a try. Find an activity that you enjoy, and stick to it!
Pick up a new hobby or skill
Learning a new skill can give you a sense of accomplishment, which may boost your mood.
Not only this, but joining in a new hobby could lead you to making new friends too.
If you’re looking for a new hobby to take up, have a look at our other blog post which links activities and clubs in Worksop, Retford and Harworth.
As Professor Williams said, acknowledging your thoughts and feelings can go a long way too. Try your best to not ignore your thoughts, but instead listen to them and think about how your thoughts drive your emotions and behaviours.
If you’re interested in learning more about being mindful, then the NHS has a helpful article on the topic which you can read here.
If you suspect mental health problems …
If you’re having a bad time with your mental health, and suspect that you may be suffering from a mental health problem, then there are resources available to you.
Firstly, talk to somebody at New Roots. Any member of the team would be more than willing to help you with any issues affecting your mental health.
You can also always talk to your GP about your mental health concerns, who can refer you on.
Centre Place also provide drop-in sessions in the Abbey Street Community Centre. Their website has more info: http://www.centreplace.org.uk/
Self-harm support can also be provided in Nottinghamshire from Harmless. Their website has more info: http://www.harmless.org.uk/