Tips For Improving Your Mental Health

In today’s mental health guest post, Jade explains her own experience with mental health and gives some tips on what you can do to improve your own mental health.
Since I was around 12 years old, I have always struggled with my mental health. It’s always been an issue for the past 3 years specifically, and no matter how hard I have tried to tackle it, I feel like it’s just that rain cloud that is constantly looming over my head.
However, after a really rubbish few years, I decided that I wanted to make a change. I didn’t want to live this way anymore. So, when it got to the New Year, I knew that it was going to be ‘my year’. I know that pretty much everybody, and their neighbour says that, and life doesn’t always work out, but still – we can remain ever hopeful, right?
There are a million, and one websites out there, and different ways that claim to be miracle-workers in regards to mental health struggles. From mindfulness, to medication, to all sorts of other things. Along my journey, I have personally found a few little tips that have helped me with my mental health state. Now, I’m not necessarily saying that all of them will work for you, but even if you only take one away, which you find helps, then I feel like this post will have been worth of your time.

Without further ado, let’s just jump right into it…

1. Practise mindfulness, and practise it as often as you can – This is something that I find has helped me quite a bit recently. There are apps, such as Calm, and Headspace, (which I’m sure some of you have heard of before) that honestly can completely change your mind-set, even if it’s only subconsciously at first. They help you to focus on the moment, and practise meditation, which can be a life saver for some people, who battle with anxiety as it is. From now on, if I’m feeling anxious, or overwhelmed in any way by my thoughts, I think I’m going to start popping in my headphones, and listening to one of the apps. Whether it’s just by playing some of the sounds from the relaxing scenes that Calm has to offer, or getting talked through a 10 minute meditation session by someone through Headspace, I definitely think I will begin to see the benefits within no time. And, if you give it a go, and you give it a go religiously, then I think you will be able to as well.

2. Talk openly about your struggles – I’m going to be honest here. It isn’t easy opening up to people. I can 100% understand, and accept that. If you don’t feel ready, or you feel like you don’t have anyone that you can trust, then that’s okay. Maybe you should consider writing more personal posts on your blog, or keeping a diary for everyday use. Nobody has to read any of it, but it can really bring you to a peace of mind, and it may help you to understand your own issues, and work out where you want to go from there. If you decide you do want to speak to people, rather than just writing your thoughts down, then that is, of course, totally okay as well. You don’t have to speak to someone you know in your personal life. There are many online resources that you can check out, and seek support from. Some examples are; ChildLine (for those of you under 18!), Samaritans, Mind, NHS, and Rethink. You can do your research, but I’m almost 100% sure you will be able to find something that is useful to you in some way. I’m the first person to admit that I have been in contact with ChildLine on, and off since I was 12 years old, and I’m now 15. Trust me, they have helped so much with so many different situations, and it can really benefit you if you let your feelings get out in the open. You do not have to do this alone.

3. Seek professional help – Although I haven’t ever sought professional help personally, I know quite a lot of people that have. I totally understand, and can empathise with the fact that you may find it scary, and you may feel as though you could never dream of doing it in a million years, but if it’s gotten to an extreme point, then perhaps it really could be for the best. You don’t have to call up your GP, and go into massive amounts of detail about your entire life story, but honesty is the best policy, especially when your wellbeing is the main focus in this sort of situation. You have to be honest with yourself, and learn to accept your battles, and then you can let a professional in to talk you through your options, and see what is out there for you.

Although it may be a long wait, they have cared for countless numbers of people in the past. They are trained, and they know exactly what they’re doing. Trust them. If you’re going to put your trust into anyone, trust the professionals. Even if you don’t receive a miracle, it’s worth a try.

So, after all of that, what do I wish I had learnt sooner?
– It’s 110% okay not to be okay.
– You are not alone, no matter what struggles you may be going through.
– Opening up may be the hardest part, but it’s always worth it in the end.
– There is always an answer, and a solution. Hope is never, ever lost.
Jade blogs at Simply Jadey. You can find her on Twitter here!

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