You know about keeping your body fit but how about your mental health and fitness?
You’ve heard about the ‘mind/body’ connection and it’s true. When our emotions take a hit, our bodies take one too, so looking after both can really help when we’re going through a tough time.
Here are some practical things you can do to keep your mind and body fit and well.
Getting enough sleep is good for your brain and body, helping you feel energised, focused, and onto it. There’s nothing better!
Having a balanced, nutritious diet is a cornerstone of good health and wellbeing. Good food fuels body energy and brain-power. Eat your vegetables and fruit, and drink plenty of water.
Keeping fit and getting out there can help you to sleep better and manage stressful times. Try to stay with your exercise routines during tough times. It’ll give you some structure to your day and your body and mind will thank you. Ride your bike, go to the gym, take up a new sport, or just enjoy a walk. All good. Do it regularly.
It’s easy to retreat and stay in bed when times are tough because we feel like doing a whole bunch of nothing. To connect with others is a human thing, so stay in touch with your friends, plan outings and fun activities. Join a safe online community and build connections there. Be socially active.
Exercise your mind with something new. This can boost confidence, it’s fun, and you may meet some new and interesting people. Try learning a new language or get to grips with baking. Sign up for a class that interests you, pick up a book on a subject you’ve always wanted to know more about.
Alcohol and drugs may lessen the pain at the time but long term, they’ll do more harm than good. There are other ways to go – see our page on Coping with Grief for some other choices.
Sometimes a problem is too hard to solve alone and there’s nothing wrong with getting help. The sooner you act the sooner you will feel better. Make an appointment with your GP, see a counsellor, or visit some online resources. You’re not alone and there are people ready and waiting to help you. Try:
Visit our ‘Hey Youth’ section
Youthline has a telephone and webchat service
Skylight has a page of online resources you can link to