Back in 2010, I was slowly recovering from depression which was horrible. However after one year I have recovered well and still going strong. (even though i have small blips which are normal)
A good mental strength kept me slipping back in depression and for the first time I knew my limits.
Good Mental well being is not being constantly positive and never feel sad but be able to cope and resilient when facing tough challenges and difficulties.
By following these five steps we can avoid common mental illnesses like anxiety and depression.
- Connect people whom are around you.
Develop relationships with your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours.
- Get Active
Do an activity that you love, enjoy doing, and make time for it in your life.
- Keep learning new skills
Learn new skills, like cooking, playing a musical instrument or a new language. It will give you a sense of achievement and boosts your confidence.
- Support others
Give to others from the smallest thing like a smile or a kind word to volunteering for charity or a group of people, makes them feel warm as well as yourself.
- Note your own feelings, thoughts, body and the whole world around you.
Sometimes we forget ourselves and become so stressed we rush around from one thing to another which makes as ill and low.
Following these simple steps will help you improve your mental strength.
to carry out a self-assessment, use the NHS tool at: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/mental-wellbeing