In addition to physical health, we all have our mental health to look after too. There are lots of small things we can change to improve or maintain good mental health and wellbeing without spending lots of money to do it.
There’s a close relationship between sleep and mental health. Living with a mental health problem can affect how well you sleep, and poor sleep can have a negative impact on your mental health, so prioritizing sleep can help both with maintaining your wellbeing and your recovery.
Eating fresh fruit and vegetables daily provides the nutrients needed to nourish your mind and body. Keeping regular meal times and choosing foods that release energy slowly, such as oats and unrefined whole grains can also help. Reducing your intake of caffeine, alcohol and sugary foods in the evening also aids as they can all disturb your sleep patterns.
Leaving your house for a while
The combined mix of colors, sounds, and smells we find outdoors act together to stimulate our senses, which helps increase our overall wellbeing. This means that gardening and other outdoor hobbies often provide a brilliant alternative to traditional sports and exercise.
Being physically active
When you exercise, your brain chemistry changes through the release of ‘feel-good’ hormones called endorphins. Structured physical activity can play a key role in someone’s recovery from a mental health problem and in staying well for years to come.
Enhancing your social network
Joining activity groups such as a running club is a fantastic way of improving your social network. Being sociable and connecting with other people is rewarding in its own way and can significantly improve mental health. Group yoga or Pilates classes can help you learn breathing techniques, which can encourage you to relax and switch off from external stresses.