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Mental Health

It’s OK not to feel OK

Just like our physical fitness, we need to look after our mental health to feel good. When you’re not feeling OK, it’s ok to talk about this and ask for help. Visit our pages to get advice and support for any issues you are having. You are not alone.

Top tips for looking after your mental health

  1. Connect with other People – spend time with your friends and family, don’t rely only on social media and texting to keep in touch.
  2. Get Active – Do regular physical activity. You don’t have to spend hours in the gym, unless you want to. Find a physical activity you enjoy doing and make it part of your daily life.
  3. Learn New Skills – find something new to do and learn how to do it. Find something you enjoy that also challenges you.
  4. Be Kind – find a way to help other people. This doesn’t have to be a really big thing and sometimes the small things can really make a difference. Take time to check in with a friend and ask them how they are, say thank you to someone who has helped you, get involved in volunteering in your local community.
  5. Pay Attention – Notice what is going on for you now, in the present moment. People often call this Mindfulness.

Worried about looking after your mental health because of Coronavirus?

During the coronavirus pandemic, it has been harder than ever for us to look after our mental health and do the things that make us feel good, like seeing our friends and family. Check out these websites for helpful advice and support.

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Related Topics

Here are some related mental health topics

Anger

Anger is an expression of emotions, it is usually underpinned by an emotion that your child is not able to express because they do not have the words, or because they don’t themselves understand how they feel.

Self Harm

Self-harm, or self-injury, describes a wide range of things people deliberately do to themselves that appear to cause some kind of physical hurt. It can be very hard for parents and carers to know about - or witness - self-harming behaviour in their children.

Depression or Low Mood

Everyone has ups and downs. Sometimes you might feel a bit low, for lots of different reasons. People may say that they are feeling depressed when they are feeling down, but this does not always mean that they have depression.

Obsessive Thoughts

Obsessions are specific thoughts that are intense and intrusive. It can feel like your thoughts are taking over and controlling your behaviour. Compulsions are ritual behaviours that people use to try to reduce anxiety linked to intrusive thoughts.