Suicide is the main cause of death in young adult men in the UK. It is a frightening statistic but it serves to highlight the importance of good mental health. It is important we look after ourselves, body and mind! So with that in consideration here are 10 things you can do every day to help keep you smiling on the inside.
Talk about your feelings
There is nothing “manly” about “manning up” and keeping things inside. It takes a far stronger person to reach out and talk to others. Pent up emotions are a real negative so find someone you trust and tell them how you are feeling.
Do something you enjoy and excel at
This could be a sport, or a leisure activity, a hobby, anything really! It could be that you enjoy creative writing and want to produce a poem. It could be that you hit the gym and try and to beat your personal best.
Keep yourself hydrated
The goal should be 2 litres a day! Sometimes I feel like I don’t achieve that in an entire week! Water has lots of benefits. It keeps your energy up, suppresses your appetite so you don’t need to eat as much and helps keep your skin looking nice. So drink up!
Yes I am going to recommend eating your five a day in a list dedicated to your mental health “10 a day” sure it’s nice to have a sugary treat now and then, but eating clean will help you feel good about yourself and it is great for your physical well-being as well, a healthy body equals a healthy mind.
Keep an active mind and body
It is no secret that exercise is good for you. It causes the body to produce hormones that lead to a feeling of well-being and happiness, but keeping your mind sharp can have an impact too! Learning and reading are both examples of activities that will create a sense of accomplishment and self-development.
Take a Break
No, not the magazine – although by all means take time to do a crossword! As we mentioned above keeping an active mind is always a good idea! But take time out from your busy schedule. Give yourself an hour off. Put your feet up, you’ve earned it.
Stay connected with your loved ones
When was the last time you saw your mum? Why not pop round and pay her a visit? Haven’t seen your brother in the next county? Drop him a message, perhaps? Friends and family help you feel like you belong, reach out to them and make sure they know they are appreciated!
Ask for help
It’s okay to not be okay! I know it’s an oft-repeated phrase but it has become a cliché with good reason! Bottling things up is not good for you. Surround yourself with people you can trust: friends and family. It’s important to never feel like you are a drain on someone! Most people like to feel like they are helping others it’s good for your mental health.
Be proud of your very being
You are an amazing person. Your very existence is a miracle! Take pride in yourself, take the time to do your hair and make yourself look nice. Honestly, it seems like such a simple thing but gives yourself praise, you have earned it.
Care for others
Worried that you are always asking other people for help? Reciprocate! There’s a proverb that you have to be a friend to have a friend and you will get a sense of pleasure from helping your loved ones overcome adversity. This can be extended to helping people who you are less close with too.