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Mental health: Survivor suggestions

Updated Monday 26th February 2007

Advice for everyone from our mental health survivor

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We look after our physical health. We also need to look after our mental health.

I had a problem in my teens and early twenties with depression and had to get help. I don't need any medicine now but I do need to take care not to let things get to me. I have to stop worrying and having negative thoughts. Here are some things that help me:

  • Start the day thinking of all the positive things that may happen
  • Get outside for at least 15 mins a day
  • Put treats into your day: reading, watching a favourite TV programme
  • Keep up with friends: find out how they are feeling, are they going through similar experiences to you? Often sharing feelings brings people closer together
  • Don't be scared to take a day off if you feel you need to look after yourself
  • Set small achievable targets to help feel in control/give sense of achievement
  • Recognise/reflect on what you did well today (this may be linked to your target)
  • Put aside negative thoughts: it's done, mistakes happen, learn from it
  • Remember you can only change your own behaviour not that of others and if people take things the wrong way that is their problem
  • Remember your intentions; then you can always explain your thoughts and feelings to yourself and if necessary to others
  • Be kind to yourself
  • Get in touch with someone if you need help e.g. The Samaritans - people often feel that their problem is not "big" enough to bother other people with, but if something bothers you it is important
  • I think mental health is all about life balance; which sounds easy but it's not always so easy to achieve

 

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