World Mental Health Day

10th October 2019

To mark World Mental Health Day, Our Lifestyle Coordinator Seaneen has put together some great mental health tips to help you live a more fulfilled life.

Set Boundaries
Protect your mental health by surrounding yourself with positive people. Work at building
healthy relationships that are supportive, caring and encouraging; that make you feel
respected, loved and valued. Set boundaries around people who are damaging for your
mental health. Remove toxic situations and people from your life. You are not being
selfish, it’s called self care.

Health and Well-being
Develop a healthy bedtime routine that is regulated. Switch off all electronic devices at
least thirty minutes before bedtime. Eat well; there is a massive connection between ‘food
and mood’. Natural Sunlight is a mood enhancer so catch a few rays when possible.
Exercise has been proven to decrease symptoms of depression, anxiety and improve
mood; even walking or light gardening can help improve your mood.

Get Creative
Using creative means such as music, art therapy, reading, light gardening are all great
tools for managing stress.

Laugh Lots
Surround yourself with people who bring out the best in you and not the stress in you.
Laughter is one of the greatest gifts, it is free and it is contagious!

Eliminate clutter from your environment. ‘Cluttered life, cluttered mind’ vs ‘Healthy life,
healthy mind’

Limit time spent on Social Media
Social media may satisfy your social needs however it does not satisfy your soul. In an
increasingly disconnected and lonely world, seek instead to develop genuine and real
connections with genuine and real people.

Stay Connected ‘ No man is an island’
Never underestimate the power of human interaction, a spoken word and a listening ear.
Switch off all of your modern day devices and simply ‘be’ in the present moment.

Be Kind
Be kind to yourself and others, a helping hand goes a long way and the gift of kindness
will always find its way back to you, when we give, we receive.

Do something Fun
Engage in a mindful and meaningful activity which you enjoy.

Managing Stress
Accept what you cannot control and change what is in your power. When you cannot
control a situation, learn how to control how you respond. Identify your triggers and
build your emotional ‘tool box’ full of solutions.

Take a Break
‘A problem shared is a problem halved’. Being listened to will help us feel less alone and
also encourages others to share thus building positive connections.

Accept who you are
We are all unique; embrace and learn how to love your true authentic self, become
comfortable in your own skin. Acceptance of who we are leads to increased self
esteem, which improves our emotional wellbeing and helps us manage difficult
situations better.

The Present Moment
‘The past is history the future is a mystery. Today is a gift, that’s why we call it the
present’. Avoid time travelling; many people become distressed when thinking about the
past, the future and over situations they cannot control. Live in the moment and make it

Develop Gratitude
It is impossible to lead a positive life with a negative mind. Count your blessings and keep a
gratitude journal. Your mind will believe what you feed it so fill your life so full of positivity
that there is no room for negativity.

Don’t Worry; Be Happy
‘Be who you are and say what you mean because those who mind don’t matter and those
who matter don’t mind’ Dr. Seuss.
Stop worrying about what other people think of you, they are not walking in your
shoes. What other people think of you is none of your concern so focus on what
makes you happy.

Set Goals
Set Goals that are believable; visualising your hopes and dreams means that they are
more achievable. You are never too old to learn new things, and fulfil new dreams.

Let it Go!
Release your burdens; when you carry your problems around, they will become heavier.
Instead use your experiences as stepping stones to create a healthier more fulfilled future.

Find your own sense of meaning in your life and be true to yourself. Turn your life
around and inspire others to do the same.

You are the author of your own life,
now go create a Masterpiece!


Advice and help for anyone in need is available from MyMy –

Mind Yourself and Mind your Mate

Tel. 028 4372 7549 Email:



A special thank you to Seaneen McErlane for these wonderful tips.

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