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Mental health tips to look after YOU

Just like physical health, we all have mental health.

Ups and downs can affect anyone and, while World Mental Health Day (Sunday 10 October) is a great day to look out for friends and loved ones, mental health should be a priority everyday.

Below are five practical ways to look after your mental health. Making simple changes to how you live doesn’t need to cost a fortune or take up loads of time. Anyone can follow this advice. Why not start today?

1. Talk about your feelings and connecting with others

Social contact is good for your mental health – even if you do not feel like engaging with other people when you are low or anxious. Opening up about your feelings can help you stay in good mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled. If you have a friend or family member you can talk to, often a problem shared is a problem halved.

2. Keep active

Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem and can help you concentrate, sleep, and feel better. Exercise keeps the brain and your other vital organs healthy and is also a significant benefit towards improving your mental health. Try making use of any of Wirral’s beautiful parks and open spaces or, if the weather’s a little chilly, stay in and watch an exercise video – we love Yoga with Adriene on YouTube!

3. Eat well

Your brain needs a mix of nutrients in order to stay healthy and function well, just like the other organs in your body. A diet that’s good for your physical health is also good for your mental health.

4. Lower your drinking

According to mentalhealth.org.uk, “we often drink alcohol to change our mood. Some people drink to deal with fear or loneliness, but the effect is only temporary. When the drink wears off, you feel worse because of the way the alcohol has affected your brain and the rest of your body.”

The Lower my Drinking app can help you change the way you see alcohol to help boost your health.

Available across Cheshire and Merseyside, the free app offers practical steps that you can add into your weekly routine to help lower your drinking such as:

  • regularly reviewing your drinking habits
  • comparing your drinking levels every week to see how you score
  • using motivational techniques to help you on your journey to healthier drinking
  • setting yourself alerts to help you on your way to staying on top of your drinking levels

Download the Lower my Drinking app from the Apple store.

Download the Lower my Drinking app from Google Play

5. Get good sleep

Good-quality sleep makes a big difference to how we feel mentally and physically, so it's important to get enough. Going to bed when you feel tired and getting up at roughly the same time helps teach your body to sleep better. If you’re having trouble sleeping you can access a range of resources over at the Every Mind Matters website, particularly this section on sleep problems.

 

Looking for local support?

 

Our local services also have a range of mental health support and resources on offer.

Here are some of the things you can access:

Urgent mental health support

Local mental health support

  • Talking Together Wirral is a free and confidential service available to anyone aged 16+ who is registered with a GP in Wirral. Operating Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm, 0151 649 1859.

Support for young people

National helplines and campaigns

Wellbeing, self-help and apps

Support for NHS professionals

Support for Social Care professionals

Other local support services

  • Wirral InfoBank is an online resource to help you find services near you.
  • Financial support and debt worries can impact your mental health – Citizen’s Advice Wirral can support you. Residents who meet certain criteria and are asked to self-isolate can also access financial help from the Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme via www.wirral.gov.uk/covidpayment.