10 Tips to Staying Mentally Healthy

Enjoying mental health means having a sense of wellbeing, being able to function during everyday life and feeling confident to rise to a challenge when the opportunity arises. Just like your physical health, there are actions you can take to increase your mental health. Boost your wellbeing and stay mentally healthy by following a few simple steps:

  1. Connect with others: Develop and maintain strong relationships with people around you who will support and enrich your life. 
  2. Take time to enjoy: Set aside time for activities, hobbies and projects you enjoy. Let yourself be spontaneous and creative when the urge takes you.
  3. Participate and share interests: Join a club or group of people who share your interests. Being part of a group of people with a common interest provides a sense of belonging and is good for your mental health.
  4. Contribute to your community: Volunteer your time for a cause or issue that you care about. Help out a neighbour, work in a community garden or do something nice for a friend.
  5. Take care of yourself: Be active and eat well – these help maintain a healthy body. Physical and mental health are closely linked; it’s easier to feel good about life if your body feels good.
  6. Challenge yourself: Learn a new skill or take on a challenge to meet a goal. You could take on something different at work; commit to a fitness goal or learn to cook a new recipe.
  7. Deal with stress: Be aware of what triggers your stress and how you react. You may be able to avoid some of the triggers and learn to prepare for or manage others.
  8. Rest and Refresh: Get plenty of sleep. Go to bed at a regular time each day and practice good habits to get better sleep. Sleep restores both your mind and body.
  9. Notice the here and now: Take a moment to notice each of your senses each day. Simply ‘be’ in the moment – feel the sun and wind on your face and notice the air you are breathing. 
  10. Ask for help: This can be as simple as asking a friend to babysit while you have some time out or speaking to your doctor (GP) about where to find a counsellor or community mental health service.