It is the start of a brand new year, and so we wanted to share with you some tips on making your mental health a priority.
Prioritising your health can be hard sometimes, especially if you are busy with work, family, studies, social commitments, and general activities of daily living. But by implementing our suggestions below, you can develop a simple routine for keeping an eye on your well-being throughout the year.
#1. Know what it’s like when you are feeling well
Make a note on what you are like when you are feeling well – this could include how you generally feel, what your thoughts are like, what your daily routine is like, what you enjoy doing, or what comes easily to you when you’re feeling good about yourself, and so on. Knowing what you’re like when you are feeling well provides you with a baseline to use the tips outlined next.
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#2. Learn to identify early warning signs
Early warning signs are subtle shifts in your thoughts, feelings, and/or behaviours that indicate that your well-being is slowly declining. Don’t wait until you feel completely overwhelmed to do something about it. The earlier you address what’s going on – for example, by actively coping with any stressors you are experiencing or by allocating some time and resources to looking after yourself – the easier it can be to pull yourself back up or prevent further decline.
#3. Know your triggers and be proactive
If you know that certain experiences or events negatively affect your mental health – e.g., increased workload, deadlines, relationship difficulties, exams, health difficulties, etc. – try to have a “cope ahead” plan for how you will increase your self-care during these stressful times, tackle any challenges proactively, and get support when needed.
#4. Know when and where to get extra help
If you notice that the way you are feeling day-to-day continues to worsen, it is important to seek help. This could include:
- getting some help with the stressful situation you are facing,
- reaching out to trusted family or friends, who might be able to support you in different ways,
- equipping yourself with some self-help tools to get back on track, or
- reaching out to a professional, like your GP, for recommendations.
We know that admitting to yourself that it’s time to get some help and advice can be challenging, but the sooner you do it, the sooner and the easier it will be to come back to your usual self!
At This Way Up, we have an extensive range of tools available to you to monitor and improve your mental health. Click below and start learning today!