Taking some time for yourself is important and also helps your mental health.
Your mental wellbeing is a unique way that you handle your emotions, respond to stress and also your general outlook on life.
Having a healthy sense of mental wellbeing has many benefits. It lifts your mood, promotes resilience in difficult situations and helps you get the most out of life. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you live or how you’re feeling – taking a few moments for yourself each day will help you be a happier and more resilient you.
How can I improve my mental well being?
Being active for 30 minutes each day improves your physical health. The same goes for your mental health. By taking just a few minutes to focus on mental wellbeing activities each day, you’ll see big improvements.
It only takes a few small actions, practised every day, to find a happier you.
Here are 10 simple things you can do to promote mental health:
Get some sun
Spend some time in the sun and observe how it feels on your skin (remembering to observe sun safety rules as well).
Schedule a regular video chat catch-up
Build a regular catch-up with friends into your routine – weekly, monthly or more. Setting a regular date is great way to see more of your friends.
Take up a new hobby
Having a hobby is the perfect way to relax and lose yourself in an activity you enjoy. Try a new sport, drawing, potery or painting (just to name a few ideas).
Start a meditation practice
The mental health benefits of meditation include better focus and concentration, improved self-awareness and self-esteem, lower levels of stress and anxiety, and fostering kindness. Click here to read more about the benefits of meditation.
Disconnect from technology
Make time each day to disconnect from technology and observe the simple beauty of the world around you.
Play your favourite music
Listen to your favourite music playlist and notice how that makes you feel.
Share your gratitude
Try sharing something you are grateful for in conversation, not only will you feel good, but you’ll share your positivity with others too.
Offer support or acts of kindness.
Reach out to a friend or relative who may need support or company. A little human kindness can go a long way.
Give yoga a go
Yoga focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost your physical and mental wellbeing. Find a free online video, find a local studio or grab a friend and try it for yourself! Click here to read the benefits of yoga.
Ask for help
Notice the moments you feel overwhelmed and ask someone for help. Even a quick chat can help you feel calmer.
If you or anyone you know is suffering with mental health problems, you are not alone and there is help available.
De-stress for optimal mental health
Life can be stressful, and stress can have serious repercussions on our health.
Unfortunately, at one time or another, many of us will have experienced that sense of being overwhelmed.
And with all that happening around the world at the moment, these feelings may be amplified. Unfortnately, it’s often not until we experience the physical/mental symptoms of stress that we realise just how stressed we have been.
Click here for our top tips on how to de-stress through choatic times.
Phone Counselling and Support
Where people are in crisis and need to talk to someone about their distress or trauma, there are a range of organisations listed below that can assist them.
1300 22 4636
beyondblue is a national organisation that has a range of information and resources associated with depression and anxiety.
The Support Service runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All calls are one-on-one with a trained mental health professional, and completely confidential.
13 11 14
Lifeline Australia provides a free, confidential and anonymous, 24-hour telephone counselling service for adults needing emotional support.
They provide a range of information and resources available from their website, about providing care in times of crisis.
1300 78 99 78
Mensline Australia provides a free, confidential and anonymous, 24-hour professional telephone counselling service for men needing emotional support or in crisis.
There is a range of information and resources available from their website, about providing support and taking care of yourself, in times of crisis.
Kids Help Line
1800 55 1800
Kids Help Line is a free and confidential, telephone counselling service for 5 to 25 year olds in Australia.
Black Dog Institute
The Black Dog Institute provides a 24 hour free mobile phone/computer-based program to assist those with mild to moderate depression, anxiety and stress (myCompass).