World Mental Health Day 2021: How to improve your mental wellbeing

We all understand the importance of keeping our bodies healthy, but sometimes mental health gets overlooked.  

It’s important to take steps to help improve our overall wellbeing. So, how can we keep our mental health in check? 

 

Balance is key 

Eating well helps us stay healthy. And a good diet is not only good for your physical health, but for your mental health too. Another important step to maintaining good mental health is cutting back alcohol and/or drug use. 

Always consult your GP, but start with some small changes like: 

  • more foods high in omega-3s 
  • an extra piece of fruit a day 
  • aiming for three types of vegetables in each meal. 

 

Exercise is a must 

Keeping active releases endorphins that trigger a positive feeling in the body. Exercise also helps lower stress and anxiety levels. Keeping active can include running and high intensity workouts through to less intense activities, such as walking. Try to get 30 minutes of exercise daily. 

 

Get some vitamin D 

It’s well known that sun exposure increases your serotonin. This means that spending time out in the sun each day can improve your mood and have several physical and mental health benefits.  

Try to spend some time outside each day. This could be as simple as going for a quick walk on your lunch break. Just remember to be sun safe! 

  

Take some time out for yourself 

Setting some time out for yourself each day is one of the most important things you can do for your wellbeing. Put your technology away and make time for the things you like to do. This could be going for a walk, reading, journaling, baking, painting, or meditating. 

 

Ask for help if you need it 

It’s okay to ask for help. Friends or family may be able to offer a listening ear. If you’re not comfortable speaking to someone you know, a range of services and professionals are here to help. 

 

If you or anyone you know needs help, contact: 

Lifeline | 13 11 14 
Beyond Blue | 1300 224 636 
MensLine Australia | 1300 789 978 
Suicide Call Back Service | 1300 659 467 
Relationships Australia | 1300 364 277