Top 10 Tips for Feeling Good

Everyone has emotional and mental health needs. Maintaining good mental health is important because it influences how we think and feel about ourselves as well as others. It can also affect how we deal with everyday life events, such as relationships and coping with change. Looking after our mental wellbeing is just as vital as looking after our physical wellbeing.

Here are some simple tips to help you look after your own emotional and mental well being:

  1. Eat a balanced diet
    A growing body of research shows direct links between what we eat and how we feel. Mind, the mental health charity, has produced a useful guide to mood and food. For more information visit the Mind website. Mood and Food 
  2. Drink Sensibly
    Even though it might make us feel good in the short term, alcohol is a depressant drug. Avoiding too much alcohol is crucial for both our mental and physical wellbeing but particularly when we are feeling low or anxious.
  3. Keep in touch with friend and loved ones
    Friends form the foundation of our ability to cope with the problems that life throws at us. Expressing yourself to friends and family members can make a huge difference and provide an important source of support. So make sure you devote time to maintaining your friendships and family relationships.
  4. Take exercise
    The effects of exercise on mood are immediate. Whether it is a workout in the gym or a simple walk or bike ride, it can be uplifting. Exercise can also be great fun and sociable
  5. Get enough sleep
    Physically it is the time when the body can renew its energy store but sleep also helps us to rebuild our mental energy. We have to sleep because it is essential to maintaining normal levels of cognitive skills such as speech, memory, innovative and flexible thinking. In other words, sleep plays a significant role in brain development. There is no set amount of time that everyone needs to sleep, since it varies from person to person. Individuals can vary anywhere between 5 and 11 hours, with the average being 7.75 hours.
    Jim Horne from Loughborough University's Sleep Research Centre has a simple answer though: "The amount of sleep we require is what we need not to be sleepy in the daytime."
  6. Three good things
    Keep some paper and a pen by your bedside and every night for a week write down 3 good things that happened to you that day. By the end of the week you may be surprised at how much more positive you feel. Some psychologists say that it’s human nature to focus on the negative aspects of our lives. What this technique helps to do is re-educate us to pay attention to the good and positive things in our lives.
  7. Ask for help
    Anyone can feel low or get depressed if you need help, don’t be afraid to ask. Seeking help early is the best course of action to help prevent a problem getting worse. Asking for help is a sign of strength and responsibility, not weakness.
  8. Set yourself realistic goals
    Rome wasn’t built in a day. Even the most ambitious and complex tasks can be broken down into smaller, more manageable chunks. Setting realistic, achievable goals is a good way of keeping spirits up and keeping moving forward.
    Write down what they are and when you hope to have them completed. Don’t feel bad if you have to change your plans along the way as long as you are clear on the reasons why. Remember to congratulate yourself every time a goal is achieved.
  9. Get involved
    Don’t stand on the sidelines! Find a way to get involved and make a contribution, however little, at home, at work or in the community. People are often happiest when helping others.
  10. Keep an eye on personal stress
    Some pressure is unavoidable – and some can be motivating – but stress is harmful to both mental and physical well being (stress is when pressure exceeds our ability to cope). If you find you are not sleeping, becoming ill tempered, having difficulty concentrating, worrying a lot, eating a lot more or a lot less, or feeling ‘on edge’ all the time then you should take a step back and consider how much pressure you are under. See what you can do to remove or reduce sources of pressure in your life. Meanwhile, deal with the effects of stress by relaxing more and using other positive coping methods.