West Berkshire Council

Every Mind Matters to West Berkshire

How to look after your mental health

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Now, more than ever, Every Mind Matters.  All over the country we're staying at home to protect the NHS and save lives. We'll all be experiencing highs and lows and it's perfectly normal to miss loved ones, get frustrated, and feel anxious or stressed. Mental health directly affects our overall health and wellbeing, impacting our quality of life. There a range of factors that can cause a mental health problem, although different people may be more deeply affected by certain things that others. In the last year, one in four people in the UK experienced mental health issues in the last year. This means that most people in England know someone with mental health problems or have personally experienced them. But we don't need to wait until we are struggling with our mental health; there are lots of things we can do to protect ourselves and prevent problems escalating, just as we do with our physical health.

We want everyone to be more aware of their mental health and help you to discover simple steps to look after your mental health and wellbeing. That's why we're promoting the Public Health England and NHS Every Mind Matters campaign to all residents in West Berkshire. 

Everyone has mental health and it is just as important as physical health. Every Mind Matters provides a range of useful resources that help spot the signs of common mental health concerns, offers practical self-care tips and guidance, and where to seek further support should you need it.

There is a free NHS online tool, which helps you to create a personalised action plan that gives you simple steps and practical advice that you can build into your daily routines in order to help you cope with life's ups and downs, and to get more out of life - whether it's how to deal with stress and anxiety, boost mood, improve sleep or feel more in control.

The Every Mind Matters website also offers advice for helping others who may be struggling with their mental health, although you can find some information on the West Berkshire Directory.

With many feeling worried, anxious or isolated during these challenging times, Every Mind Matters highlights that there are lots of things we can all do to look after our mental wellbeing and help others to prevent these concerns from becoming more serious.

See our top five tips for maintaining mental wellbeing:

  1. talk about your worries - it is normal to feel worried, scared or helpless about the current situation. Maintain contact with friends and family via phone and video calls to share how you are feeling.
  2. keep a regular routine and set goals - you may need to set a new routine for now. Try writing a plan for your day with the things you can still do at home, like watching a film, reading a book or completing a puzzle. Setting goals and achieving them gives a sense of control and purpose. Maintaining good-quality sleep makes a big difference to how you feel mentally and physically too, so it's important to get enough (the Every Mind Matters sleep page provides practical advice on how to improve your sleep).
  3. manage your media and information intake - if 24 hour news and constant social media updates are making you worried, try to limit the time you spend watching, reading, or listening to coverage of the outbreak to once or twice a day.
  4. do things you enjoy and try something new - focussing on your favourite hobby, learning something new, or simply taking time to relax indoors should give you some relief from anxious thoughts and feelings and can help boost your mood. Look online for lots of free tutorials and courses.
  5. look after your body - our physical health has a big impact on how we feel. At times like these it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour that end up making you feel worse. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water and exercise regularly. You can leave your house to exercise as much as you like with members of your household or one person not from your household whilst maintaining social distancing.

It's important that you take care of your mind as well as your body and to get further support if you need it. We're in this together.

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