5 Self-Care Tips For Tackling Mental Health

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Tackling poor mental health is a serious, life-changing task requiring time, patience and plenty of support from loved ones and professionals. As Prince Harry demonstrated in his recent revelation that he suffered serious mental health issues and sought counselling following the death of his mother, Princess Diana, increased awareness of mental health is vital and on the rise. As well as more serious approaches such as counselling, sometimes the smallest changes can also reap rewards – as Prince Harry showed with his use of boxing to fight his depression

Try absorbing a few of these wellbeing tips into your daily routine…

Disconnect from your newsfeed: A survey from the US National Institute Of Health linked social media to depression and anxiety. A drip-feed of carefully selected and edited pictures on social media is a recipe for low self-esteem. If you can’t quite face culling your Facebook friends list and deleting Instagram from your phone, set aside a maximum of 30 minutes a day for checking your social accounts. Less is more.

Write away your woes: Writing down negative emotions and anxieties can be incredibly cathartic. Either make a list of what’s troubling you or keep a wellbeing diary as an emotional outlet.

Take a risk every day: Structure and routine are important, but can get you stuck in a repetitive rut. Risks such as talking to someone new, asserting yourself in a meeting or trusting a new confidant can help stimulate personal growth. Assign yourself one manageable “risk” a week and reward yourself upon its completion.

Identify your strengths: Tom Rath’s national bestseller StrengthsFinder 2.0 features assessments to determine your strengths followed by advice on strategising them accordingly. Get a copy and watch your productivity climb as you capitalise on assets you didn’t know you had.

Try some aromatherapy: A study conducted by Rutgers University found those in a floral-scented room displayed greater wellbeing than those in a room filled with classic fragrances, such as Chanel No. 5 or unscented air. So put in a call to a florist.