We are all individuals, we all think and behave in our own way and react differently to stresses and strains. Some people might be lucky enough to go through life with hardly any problems but for most of us life has its ups and downs.
Sometimes it can be hard to deal with things, but with the right help, support and a bit of understanding it can be easier to cope with the difficult times.
What is Mental Health?
We all have our own thoughts about what being mentally healthy means. It is more than just the absence of mental health problems and can be seen as the way we think and feel about ourselves, our self-esteem, confidence, resilience and sense of control over our lives. Difficult experiences such as becoming a parent, bereavement or the end of a relationship, can challenge each of us, but there are things that we can do to look after our mental health:
- Developing and sustaining friendships
- Taking time out for relaxation and doing things we enjoy
- Participating in regular physical activity
- Having a well balanced diet
- Cutting down on coffee, alcohol, nicotine
- Celebrating the things we like about ourselves
- Keeping things in perspective
- Listening to and respecting other people
- Asking for help
- Taking as much care of ourselves as we do of the people we care for
There are a number of organisations that offer information and support to adults affected by mental health issues.