There are two ways we can increase our resilience and promote good mental health, in turn reducing our chances of becoming mentally unwell.
Physical exercise releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good – boosting your self-esteem, helping you concentrate as well as sleep, look and feel better. Getting 30 minutes of heart racing exercise three times a week has been shown to have a significant impact on both our physical and mental health, increasing our resilience.
Research shows we need around 7-8 hours of sleep per night, on average. Anything less than this and you're asking your mind and body to work on overdrive. And be sure to get at least 1-2 hours of that before midnight to keep your circadian rhythm working optimally.
Healthy food leads to a healthy body and mind. Our bodies need the proper vitamins and minerals to maintain a robust immune system. Eating well will help you beat tiredness and fatigue, improve your concentration and possibly help with your moods. It will also help protect you against serious illness. International evidence suggests that a number of mental health conditions may be influenced by dietary factors.
Within the busyness of today's world, it can be hard to find time to pause, reflect on how our day has been or how our stress levels are. When we don't create enough space to think, we can become overwhelmed. It's important to take 10 minutes for ‘breathing space’ at some point during the day, to gather our thoughts, reflect on both the good and bad, and then move on. Mindfulness is a way of doing this, and you'll find some apps listed on our resources page. But if it isn’t for you, that’s okay too! Just try to take time to smell the flowers, appreciate your family, laugh and live a little and you’re on your way there!