Tips for preserving your mental health in challenging times
- Exercise daily, 20 minutes is good. Walk, run, work out, swim.
- Meditate: take time to switch off from everything except your breathing.
- Spirituality: not necessarily about God, you can look at the trees, the lake, the sea, the clouds and see that you are part of something much bigger than you.
- Gratefulness: keep a little book of daily reflection on the things you were grateful for that day.
- Flow: play a musical instrument, draw, garden, work on wood or write and get lost in the activity, it is good for you
- Healthy food: eat fresh food and fish, it is good for you. Eat slowly and with the people you like.
- Doing something for somebody else: kindness and compassion are good for you. Get involved in working with people who are less fortunate than yourself. They may be ill or have a disability. They may be lonely.
- Connect with other people: don’t stay isolated, have tea with friends, join a club.
- Concentrate on the present moment: you cannot change the past and the future is not here yet. Enjoy the present moment.
- Laugh more: laughter is good for you.
Advice from Shane Martin, check his website on www.moodwatchers.com