At any one time, 1 in 4 people are experiencing poor mental health, albeit to varying degrees of severity.
I have experienced poor mental health at different times in my life and to varying degrees, as have many other people I know. Depending on what I’m thinking and how I’m feeling, I’ve used a number of strategies to manage my own mental and emotional health, including:
- Reminding myself that my mental or emotional state is temporary and will change.
- Monitoring my mind and mood to look for improvement or deterioration.
- Keeping my negative internal voice in check – including silencing it, being kind to myself and thinking positive thoughts to counter the negative voice.
- Asking from help, support and understanding from family & friends.
- ‘Off loading’ to friends.
- Distracting Myself.
- Sleeping – I guess you could say avoidance here.
- Taking time out to rest and relax.
- Imagining and Visualising a better future – giving me hope that things will get better.
- Reading for Pleasure
- Having an up-beat music playlist.
- Being creative to connect with my soul.
- Visiting my GP.
How do you manage your own mental and emotional health? Leave a comment below.
I’ve wrote a series of Mental Health Focus blog posts to help to #EndTheStigma around mental health and to encourage others to talk openly and honestly about their own mental health.