BYP’s Ten Tips For Dealing With Youth Mental Health

Mental health and physical health is just as important these days for your own wellbeing. Half of long term mental illnesses start at 15 and a further three quarters by 18.

You may feel you cannot stop what is going on, but you can do things that will help you feel better.

1-Share it!

Share what’s on your mind!

Sharing what is on your mind can make yourself feel a lot better. If you feel you can’t talk to your friends or your family, there are other people out there that you can talk to. You can get in contact with teachers, tutors, your GP or someone else you trust.

2-Take care of what you eat!

What you eat can have an affect on your mood and how you feel. It’s important to have a healthy balanced diet for your mind and body. Not eating regularly can see a drop in blood sugar levels, which can make you irritable. Have foods that are high in protein and release energy slowly such as: nuts, wholegrain, seeds and oats.

If you’re worried about eating healthy on a budget then have a look at these websites:

Change4Life

NHS- Healthy eating

3- Improve your self esteem!

Self esteem is how you perceive and feel about yourself. Having a low self esteem can mean you are a generally negative person and the thoughts and feelings that you process are usually pessimistic. Having a good self esteem makes it easier for you to cope with life’s up and down. Surround yourself with positive people who make you feel self worth. Celebrate your successes, accept compliments and write a list to yourself about what you like.

4-Start exercising!

Exercise is not only good for your body, but your own emotional wellbeing. Scientists have found out that your body releases chemicals called endorphins when you exercise. This releases a positive feeling in your body which can; improve your self esteem, help sleep problems, takes your mind of negative thoughts and reduces feelings of anxiety and depression.

5-Take time out to relax!

Having ‘me’ time is significant in your mental health and wellbeing. Ways you can practice this would be breathing techniques as this can help relieve day to day stress levels.

Here are some great exercises you can do!

Youthscape breathing exercise

Youthscape deep muscle relaxation

6- Don’t sweat the small stuff

If you feel like the small things in life are making you worry and panic or even making you angry then take a step back and breathe. A study in the journal Psychological Science found that people who respond negatively to being stuck in traffic or having an argument with people, the more anxious you are likely to be in 10 years.

“Life is a process — just one thing after another. When you lose it, just start again.” 
Richard Carlson

7-Managing how you feel!

We all get stressed at some point and being able to manage your stress levels means you can take control of your mental health and your wellbeing. Techniques such as mindfulness, deep breathing, or muscle relaxation can help with the stress levels.

8- Find happiness through giving

By measuring hormones and brain activity when people are being helpful to others, researchers have found out that this gives people pleasure. Build relationships with people who you can support and they can support you. Volunteer at charities this can expand your life and enrich yourself.

9- Move away from bad habits

Bad habits can have an affect on your life as you’re in a cycle which means you may find it hard to stop. Moving away from your bad habits can lead you to having a better frame of mind. You can also save yourself a lot of money if your bad habit costs!

10- Set goals

Setting clear goals is good for your own wellbeing as it means you are looking into the future and have something you want to achieve. If you don’t have goals then you’re more likely to be stressing about the future and looking into different possibilities. Setting goals means you are able to plan how you will achieve it and this makes it easier for yourself as you know what you are working towards.

Here are some charities you can get in touch with:

Written by Nicole Dawson

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