Mental Health Tips

Learn how I beat Depression

If you suspect that you or someone close to you is suffering from a mental health problem then the important thing is to seek help as there is evidence that the sooner treatment is starter, the faster the road to recovery.

Some social groups appear to be more at risk than others of developing a mental health problem. For example, homeless people, people going through divorce, those who are chronically sick or disabled, people who have lost their jobs, have experienced a traumatic event or who are in minority groups all have a higher risk of developing a mental health problem.

However, that doesn’t mean you will experience a mental health problem if you are in one of these groups or that if you’re not, you won’t. Mental health problems can affect anyone.

The most common types of mental health problems are mild depression and anxiety related problems. There are many self help tips that can help prevent a mental health problem or alleviate the symptoms of an existing mental health problem.

Tips for positive mental health

•    Speak openly about any problems you may have with family and friends as this will help release stress and prevent feelings of isolation and loneliness

•    Learn relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation or yoga or try walks in the countryside. Some studies have shown that a half hour walk in the countryside can reduce the need for medication in depression

•    Get plenty of exercise as this releases stress and encourages production of the body’s own endorphins and feel good hormones

•    Make sure you have a regular sleeping pattern and try to go to bed at the same time each night. Lack of sleep can make the symptoms of a mental health problem much worse

•    Avoid situations which make you feel stressed or anxious as much as you can. Stress can exacerbate the symptoms of an existing mental health condition or possibly trigger a mental health problem

•    Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and make sure your diet is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, particularly Eicosapentaenoic (EPA), as this has proven mental health benefits and in some cases has reduced the need for medication

Many people ignore their mental health until they discover they have developed a mental health problem. By taking steps to promote positive mental health and wellbeing it may be possible to prevent a mental health problem from developing. Even for those who already suffer from an existing mental health problem, by following the tips for positive mental health you may find you recover your old self much faster than if you rely on medication alone.

Learn how I beat Depression

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