The question is how should you look after your mental health? You may tend to think that this is something that you have no control over. Luckily, today we know that you can be proactive and sustain a healthy mental attitude.

You can do this in several ways,
I call this the "3 p's this includes doing the following every day...

+ THINKING

+ INTERACTION

+ ACTION / EXERCISE

  • Keeping active - exercise regularly, this will help to keep you feeling positive, the endorphines this produces are really helpful and important to feeling well,

  • Get involved - meet up with your friends, join clubs, learn something new and try different things,

  • Relax - if this is new to you then you will need explore and discover ways to do this and then implement time into your day or week to do this. You need to regularly unwind and relax – good sleep also plays a very important role,

  • Eat healthily - this will help you maintain your energy levels. Drink in alcohol in moderation,

  • Be aware of any changes - being mentally healthy allows you to deal with daily pressures. If you start to feel that you are unable to cope then you may have a problem and you may need to get support,

  • Get support - you when you were in physical pain that you would see your doctor, or a dentist or another form of health professional. Looking after your mental health requires the same amount of awareness and diligence, if you are experiencing repetitive or negative thinking or any uncomfortable feelings / behaviours or if you are finding it hard to cope then please contact either your doctor, a counsellor or a psychotherapist via a directory.

  • (Via the BACP Counselling or Hypnotherapy directories)

As you can imagine by the time a client contacts me they are often in a very difficult emotional and mental condition. There are several reasons why this may be. One of the key aspects is society’s approach to mental health issues, for example, stigma and embarrassment. This has a profound effect on people who are experiencing difficulties as well as prejudice and discrimination. These factors can be very immobilizing and whilst the individual is struggling to cope, very little is said about the impact this has on their family members, friends and co-workers.

It is worth high lighting that things are changing.

Society as a whole has to become more accepting, and less judgemental. I see one of the key aspects in my professional role is to remove barriers; to increase mental health literacy and highlight what mediums and services are available. Knowledge is very powerful and I promote this by giving talks to schools and businesses and through social media. This furnishes me with the opportunity to encourage the public to identify symptoms, equip them with the confidence to articulate their emotions and to share their experiences and insights.

I think each one of us should encourage our friends, co-workers and family to access support as early intervention is vital. Psychotherapy offers support and help in so many ways and there is a huge arena of specialist help available.

Please note that I also offer on line therapy sessions using either SKYPE this is an exciting new service. If this is of interest, email or message me to find out more about how on line therapy works on my number below.

(http://www.itsgoodtotalk.org.uk/therapists)

If you have noticed a change in the way that you think or feel please get in touch as soon as you can. As the saying goes "Prevention is better than cure”