Make sure you’re taking the time to look after your mental health. With the stresses and pressures of everyday life, it’s more important than ever to take some time out for yourself, and focus on things like activities and habits to make sure you’re feeling happy and healthy.

Here are a few steps you can take to help you de-stress and keep your mind healthy.

Socialise

Meet up with a friend or call a loved one. Speaking to others can help take your mind off negative thoughts.

Get moving

Exercise releases endorphins (feel good chemicals) in your brain, lifting your mood after a workout. It doesn’t have to be anything too energetic - a short walk is a good place to start.

Two women on a dog walk along a country path

Get a proper night’s sleep

Restful sleep brings a rested mind. Try to keep your bed as a space for sleeping only, and make sure you’re going to bed and getting up at the same times every day, to encourage better quality sleep.

Write down three things that went well every day

Keep a notebook by your bed and each night, before you sleep, try to write down three good things that happened that day. This lets you concentrate on positive thoughts to help you drift off to sleep.

Get some fresh air


Going outside and soaking up a bit of sun will help to boost your Vitamin D. This vitamin is important for brain function, helping us with things like memory and mood. So, keeping your levels of Vitamin D up can help lift your mood.

Two friends talking in a park after an exercise class

De-clutter

A good way to de-stress is to organise your living space. Throw out unnecessary belongings, and keep the rest neat and tidy. This helps to get rid of unnecessary and stressful distractions.

Take 30 minutes of me-time

It’s easy to get carried away with our busy schedules - when you can, take 30 minutes out of the day just for you. Meditation is a great way to focus your mind, helping you feel calm and relaxed.

Give someone a hug

Hugging someone releases a chemical called Oxytocin in your brain. A hug with a family member, friend, spouse or your pet will help you feel better.

A mother feeding her baby in the countryside while talking to her older child

Eat some brain-food

Food and mood are closely linked - for example, Omega 3 found in oily fish may help your physical and mental health by promoting healthy cognitive function. So, make sure your diet includes nutrition for the mind as well as the body.

Take care of your body

Along with the food we eat, what we drink can affect our minds. Alcohol is a depressant, so drink it in moderation.

Do something you enjoy

Join a weekly club, meet-up with some friends or watch a film. Whatever you enjoy doing, make room in your schedule to give yourself something to look forward to.

Doing little things can really help your mood, and keep you on the right track to a healthy mind.

But it can also be hard to motivate yourself to do the things that help you switch off and keep your mind healthy when you are feeling stressed.

If stress is starting to have an impact on your life, and you’re finding it hard to get the balance right, our emotional wellbeing specialists can help you.