Self-care for mental health problems

Taking steps to look after your physical health can help you manage your mental health too.

Get enough sleep

Rest when you can. This can help you have the energy to cope with difficult feelings and experiences.

Keep physically active

Regular exercise doesn’t have to be very strenuous or sporty to be effective – to start with you could try gentle exercise like going for a short walk, yoga or swimming. The important thing is to pick something you enjoy doing, so you’re more likely to stick with it. If you’re physically disabled, Disability Rights UK provides information about exercises you might be able to do. Alternatively, ask your doctor for advice.

Avoid drugs and alcohol

While you might want to use drugs or alcohol to cope with difficult feelings, in the long run they can make you feel a lot worse.

You can contact Turning Point for information and support to stop using drugs and alcohol.

Make time for personal care

When you’re experiencing a mental health problem, it’s easy for personal care to not feel like a priority.

But small everyday things, such as taking a shower and getting fully dressed, can make a big difference to how you feel.

Eat healthily

What you eat, and when you eat, can make a big difference to how well you feel.

Read Shalini’s blog about how dancing helped her cope.

“I’m not the sporty type, but I love walking. It really lifts my mood.”

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