A friend and I put our heads together to give our top tips for managing mental health.

Mental Health

From a young age, I have experienced some mental health difficulties.

At first, I thought there was something wrong with me, people thought I was weird and I would see myself as a weak person for having these problems, this is why I used to try and hide it from my family and friends. At different stages of my teenage years and younger 20’s I thought I had cured myself and got rid of the horrible thoughts inside my head.

At the age of 24, when I started my postgraduate degree and moved up to Leeds, I thought I was free of my depression and self-harm, and that it was all in my past. Boy, was I wrong! 3 months into my degree I had a breakdown. Life seemed on the rocks again, unsteady and dark. Luckily enough for me, I had fantastic friends around me who picked me up when I was falling, they comforted me, listened and stood by me when I felt all alone. They gave me advice to whom I could talk to and even walked alongside me to where I needed to go. This was my journey to surviving.

Since that day, I have sought help and have found ways to manage my own mental health. Everyone’s tool kit to managing mental health is different, but with our heads together, myself and someone who I dearly love would like to share with you our tips to managing our mental health. I’m proud to say that today, although I may have days that are still dark, I’m thriving with good mental health.

8 Top Tips For Good Mental Health

  1. Faith – My faith helps me as it gives me an identity and a purpose to keep on going.
  2. Seek help – Don’t try and do it alone. Speaking to a counsellor really helped me, but I had to be really brave to take that first step.
  3. One step at a time – don’t look ahead, focus on the here and now and what you have to do today.
  4. Find someone you can trust to talk to on a regular basis – Talking really helps.
  5. Set yourself a new challenge – It gives you a focus and when you achieve it, it really builds your confidence.
  6. Know your limits and be kind to yourself – Make time for rest and relaxation when you need it and don’t feel guilty.
  7. Exercise – Taking part in exercise boosts my mood and makes me feel good.
  8. Diaries – Writing down my feelings on paper can help make better sense of them, it clears my thoughts and gives me the opportunity physically throw them away.

Finally, a huge thank you to everyone who contributed to this blog article.