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5 Tips for Better Mental Wellbeing

10/10/17

Julieanne is a transformational couch, writer, instructor and therapist. She offered to share her story and 5 tips for better mental wellbeing.

I have been there. I allowed work to impact my mental health. I saw the signs, the nudges, but did not act upon them at all.

The thing was, I grew up with the belief that I had to do everything by myself or I would just “not be good enough”! Yes, I allowed the bullying inner critic to start welding its way in, slowly eroding my confidence, and gradually becoming louder and louder.

Ever had that thought bouncing inside your head like a naughty pixi? You are just not good enough, you are weak. I never listened and within 4 months, I was diagnosed with ME. I was a shadow of my former self, and I had to make the hard decision to give up my dream job as a deputy head teacher.

To paint a picture of me, I had problems with my memory and energy, I had anxiety and depression, I also thought others had negative thoughts about me, I was scared and poor at decision making, the list could go on. My name is Julieanne Cresswell and I am a transformational coach.


Before you read further, I want you to think about the following question…

What do you do NOW to support your own mental health?


Most people are unaware of what they actually do towards their mental health or they don’t do anything at all.

The Mental Health Charity Mind states,
“Mental health problems can affect the way you think, feel and behave. They affect around one in four people in Britain, and range from common mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety, to more rare problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. A mental health problem can feel just as bad, or worse, as any other physical illness – only you cannot see it”.

Their website provides very useful information about mental health, they also have a phone line. Suffering from these issues alone only exacerbates the situation. Fear of rejection, possible negative impacts on career and looking weak are only some of the reasons we do not seek the help we need. Fear is such a destructive emotion and can be high on the agenda when you are experiencing these thoughts and feelings.

The top three tips for good mental health according to The Mental Health Charity Mind are: Talk, Eat well and keep active. I would also say, that giving your brain time to stop and rest is equally important. Find the tips below:

1. Self Care (Mind space/ Mindfulness/ Meditation)

Do this daily, meditation can be achieved in as little as 5 minutes! Go to the kitchen and make a cup of tea, when you start be aware of the now, not the past and what you have not done, not the future and what you will have to do but the right now, take every step as if it were so very important, choosing the cup, filling the kettle, listening to it boil, choosing the drink, tea coffee or herbal etc. be present in every moment. You can use this process for what ever you do, from walking to your next class, to planning for your next day. Meditation has been shown to decrease depression if done regularly over a period of time.

 

2. Eat well

There is a direct correlation between poor diet, activity and mental health issues. Research shows that those including fewer fruit and vegetables in their diet are more likely to suffer from mental health issues. Look at what you are eating and drinking, plan ahead and nourish yourself.

 

3. Keep Active

Get out and move about, dance in your living room, walk the dog further, take one small step every day, despite your fitness level.

 

4. Workload

Create some ground rules for yourself, finish by a certain time each day, do all marking at work. Home time means relax time, so try whenever you can to leave work at work. If you have to stay late, make sure it is not every night, you will become overwhelmed, with little or no time for yourself.

 

5. Talk

If things are getting too much, speak to someone who can help you organise your time better (e.g. marking the same question in each book first is better than marking all questions in one book before moving onto the next one).


Above all else you must share you concerns! Talk to your doctor, friend or organisation that can help. Do not let it become a bigger problem than it is!

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