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Mental health issues are something everyone has encountered in their life, whether it is a friend, family member or even themselves who are struggling.

It can be hard to see at first. If you have broken a bone it is easy to see something isn’t quite right. When you or someone you know has a mental illness it isn’t something that is as obvious. However, this doesn’t make it any less serious. Having any kind of mental illness can be a very scary place to be. You can feel very alone and almost ashamed and embarrassed.

It is important to make anyone in a similar situation realise they are not alone and there is help out there, whether it’s therapy or having the chance to speak to friends and family about how they are feeling. No one should ever be alone in this!

Here are a few tips that can help you stay positive and ready to take on the world.

Get a journal

It is so important to be able to talk, even if it is to yourself at first. Writing can help, especially as no one can judge what you’re feeling or saying. This is a great way to keep track of your mood too and see how it can change and what makes you feel more positive and try making these activities a habit. It is helpful to be able to read over these in the coming months too and see how you have progressed.

Stress can be positive

Stress occurs in everyone’s life, whether that’s due to overcommitting to social events or pressures at work but try and look at it as a positive. Stress doesn’t have to be negative – it can make you feel motivated, challenged and help to focus your mind. Write down the things that are stressing you out or that you have to do and mark them when completed!

As the Dalai Lama suggests:

“If a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it is not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.”

Get outside

Take a step away from what you’re dealing with and just simply go for a walk. Nature is a natural healer and can help to get out of your own head and thoughts sometimes. You may not feel like it but taking twenty minutes out to do something physical is great. When you do any kind of exercise, endorphins are released and these can help to make you feel more positive.

Switch negative thoughts to positive ones

Everyone has negative thoughts but what’s important is how you can change these and make them positive. For a negative thought that you have, try and find a solution to them and understand why they make you feel negative. You can only ever have one thought at one time so next time you think of something that makes you feel down, swap that thought to something that makes you feel happy, such as activities you have coming up to look forward too, your family or a beloved pet.

Bedtime!

Finally, sleep has a crucial impact on your mental and physical health. Not getting enough sleep can make you feel down, anxious and can make it difficult to concentrate. It may be difficult to drift off when you have a lot of negative emotions and thoughts running around your mind. Try turning off any devices an hour before you sleep and get snuggled up with a book and camomile tea.

And finally say one positive mantra to yourself as you drift off such as “I am a miracle, I am special”. This can help to encourage positive dreams and to allow you to wake up in a positive light!

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