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Explains how to improve and maintain your mental wellbeing, whether you have a diagnosis of a mental health condition or not.
Mental wellbeing describes your mental state – how you are feeling and how well you can cope with day-to-day life.
Our mental wellbeing is dynamic. It can change from moment to moment, day to day, month to month or year to year.
If you have good mental wellbeing you are able to:
This page covers some ideas to stay mentally well and develop your ability to cope with the up and downs of life:
"Mental wellbeing is essential for me to function and be happy."
We're all different. What affects someone's mental wellbeing won't necessarily affect others in the same way.
But we all have times when we have low mental wellbeing, where we feel stressed, upset or find it difficult to cope.
Common life events that can affect your mental wellbeing include:
"Stress, loneliness, inactivity, lack of sleep are all negative [for my mental wellbeing]."
Other times there is no clear reason for why we feel the way we do - which can be frustrating.
There are some factors that may make you more vulnerable to experiencing a period of poor mental wellbeing. These may have happened in the past or might still be happening now:
No matter the reason, it can be helpful to remember that you deserve to feel good and there are steps you can take to improve and maintain your mental wellbeing.
"I find extremely supportive friends and family help [as well as] finding a fulfilling hobby: horse riding, walking the dogs and yoga."
Connecting with others can help us to feel a greater sense of belonging and can help to challenge feelings of loneliness.
At times you may feel guilty for spending time on yourself. But it's essential for your wellbeing and can help you to be more resilient.
"I just found that I had to make room to be well. Sounds daft but give yourself some space - in my case I used mindfulness to help me gain control."
Watch our animation for 8 relaxation tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.
If you're living with a mental health problem, taking steps to look after your mental health can help you improve your wellbeing.
Our mental and physical health are closely linked. Taking up sport or exercise can help you feel better in lots of different ways.
Exploring how what you eat affects how you view yourself might help you to feel better.
You may think that drinking and taking drugs boosts your confidence. But these can have a negative effect on your mental wellbeing.
Getting too little or too much sleep can have a big impact on how you feel.
Find something you like doing and do more of it.
You could take up a hobby, join a class or volunteer your time for something you feel passionate about.
At times it can be hard to find the motivation to set goals for yourself, especially when you don't feel confident or worry about what other people may think. But it doesn't have to be something big.
Making small goals such as trying a recipe or learning the days of the week in a new language can help you to feel more positive about yourself.
"Focus on 'small wins' don't chase big achievements. Do the little things and use it as a springboard whatever you can do be proud of it!"
Mind offers a few different ways for you to start seeking help:
This information was published in July 2016. We will revise it in 2019.
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