#WorldMentalHealthDay – Tea & Talk
Tea & Talk is a national fundraising event that takes place on World Mental Health Day – 10th of October.
How do you get involved? Simply get a group of friends, family, colleagues, put the kettle on, have a chat about mental health, and even make a donation to the Mental Health Foundation. If October doesn’t work for you or your friends – you can hold a Tea & Talk anytime.
If you’re looking at hosting your own Tea & Talk, planning help is available on the Mental Health Foundation website, and you can also download a free pack filled with posters and decorations. If you’re looking to get your bake on and impress your friends, you can get inspiration from these tasty recipes.
Alongside getting together with friends to discuss mental health, there are small steps you can take daily to ensure you’re looking after yourself. Below are the Mental Health Foundation’s 10 practical tips on how to look after your mental health.
1. Talk about your feelings
Talking about your feelings can help you stay in good mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled. You will often find that others feel the same and will share their experiences with you too.
2. Keep active
Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem and can help you concentrate, sleep, and look and feel better. Exercise keeps the brain and your other vital organs healthy, which can be a significant benefit towards improving your mental health.
3. Eat well
Your brain needs a mix of nutrients in order to stay healthy and function well, just like the other organs in your body. A diet that’s good for your physical health is also good for your mental health, and will give you more energy.
4. Drink sensibly
We often drink alcohol to change our mood. Some people drink to deal with their mental health problems, but the relief is only temporary. When side effects of alcohol wear off, you will often feel worse because of the way the alcohol has affected your brain and the rest of your body.
5. Keep in touch
When suffering with mental health problems, it can sometimes be hard to find the motivation to stick to plans. Whilst it can be hard to drag yourself out; you’ll generally feel good once you’re out. There’s nothing better than catching up with someone face to face, and if that’s not always possible, you can also give them a call, or chat to them online instead. Keep the lines of communication open: it’s good for you!
6. Ask for help
None of us are superhuman. We all sometimes get tired or overwhelmed by how we feel or when things don’t go to plan. If things are getting too much for you and you feel you can’t cope, ask for help. Your family or friends may be able to offer practical help or a listening ear. Sometimes admitting that you need help can be the hardest step, but there are many platforms and services to help you.
7. Take a break
Stress can often lead to mental health problems. A change of scene or pace is good for your mental health; it could be a five-minute pause from work, a long lunch break, a weekend exploring somewhere new, or simply just some time off. Make sure you’re giving your mind and body significant time to rest.
8. Do something you’re good at
What do you love doing? What activities can you lose yourself in? What did you love doing in the past? Enjoying yourself can help beat stress, and take your mind off worries. Doing an activity you enjoy probably means you’re good at it, and achieving a goal, or doing well at something will often boost self-esteem.
9. Accept who you are
We’re all different. It’s much healthier to accept that you’re unique than to wish you were more like someone else. Feeling good about yourself boosts your confidence to learn new skills, visit new places and make new friends. Good self-esteem helps you cope when life takes a difficult turn. If you feel you need it, take time away from social media, or unfollow accounts that make you feel bad about yourself.
10. Care for others
‘Friends are really important… We help each other whenever we can, so it’s a two-way street, and supporting them uplifts me.’
Caring for others is often an important part of keeping up relationships with people close to you. It can even bring you closer together. And if you’re there for friends when they need help, they’ll be there for you when you need help.
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