Mental Health & Wellbeing
There is a lot of stigma attached with people suffering from mental health problems; however 1 in 4 people will experience mental health problems at some point in their lives. Despite the perception that a lot of people suffer from serious mental health problems, only 1 in 100 people are diagnosed as suffering from a serious mental health problem. Mental health problems are equally as common in men and women.
Everybody at some point in their lives will feel under stress or worry, whether this is personal problems or work for example, it is how the individual deals with the problem which changes their mental health. Addressing the cause of the issue is the most important thing, but this may also be the hardest part. Relying on unhealthy habits such as drinking, smoking or eating more to cope with the issue will not make the issue go away.
If you are feeling stressed and anxious there are simple things you can do to try and help address the issues. Exercise is a good way to relieve stress as exercise releases feel good hormones which make you feel more positive. Other methods you can try are taking control of the problem and not letting it overcome you, tell trusted friends or family about your problems so they can give you the support you may need and be positive about your situation, if you have the perception that you will not be able to overcome the problem then you won’t. Many more practical tips can be found here.
The 5 ways to wellbeing
The 5 ways to wellbeing have been designed based on actions that have shown to improve your wellbeing. You are actively encouraged to build these into your everyday life and your mental health will improve as a result. The 5 ways to wellbeing are:
Connect – Connect with your friends, family and colleagues. Build relationships with these people, social interaction will lead to support and keep your mind active.
Be Active – Perform regular physical activity, this could be going for a walk at dinner or walking to the shops instead of relying on a vehicle or public transport. Exercise makes you feel good and is great for physical health.
Take Notice – Be curious of your surroundings, notice things that are changing – this could be the weather, the trees, the buildings around you. The environment gives you a lot of your feelings so reflect on these.
Keep Learning – Try to learn something new every day, this could be something trivial or you could learn something about yourself personally that makes you feel good. Setting yourself challenges will motivate you further and give you something to aim for.
Give – Do something nice for somebody. this could be holding a door open, smiling at a stranger. By you being happy this spreads to other people and makes the environment a better place to be involved in.
If you are worried about your mental health and feel you need help then you should see your GP as a first point of call. There are other services available in Sefton such as Access Sefton but a GP referral may be the quickest route.