Having and maintaining good mental health is vital to our health and well-being, which means we all need to look after our mental health. In the education sector, the hours are long, the work can be challenging and sometimes it can feel lonely. On this World Mental Health Day, we wanted to share some key things you can do to look after your mental health both at home and at work.
Talk to someone
Taking time out to spend with friends and family is important and can provide perspective and space away from other life stresses. It can help to talk about how you feel with people you trust. In the workplace talking to a colleague, or manager or contacting us here at ABC Teachers could help you manage how you are feeling.
Regular exercise can help with managing stress, and improve sleep and your mood. It can also help with improving your confidence.
Exercise doesn’t have to be in a gym; it could just be going for a walk and getting some fresh air, a yoga class to focus your mind, or a workout class to relieve stress and socialise. You can even do some exercises at home as there are plenty of resources online, and a lot of free classes to guide you through.
Spending time meditating and other gentle exercises can all contribute to positive wellbeing. Taking 15 minutes away from screens or devices to focus on your breathing and the things around you can also be beneficial. Doing something small every day can have a big impact on relieving feelings of anxiety.
Look after you!
Try and build in a bit of you-time into your daily routine. For example, after a busy day take a bath, read a chapter of your favourite book, spend some time outside, or take a short walk. Finding outlets to relax can help top up your energy levels and relieve stress, helping you keep a healthy mind.
Ask for help
If your mental health is suffering it can lead to feelings of loneliness, equally loneliness can impact your mental health, and those feelings make it more difficult to reach out and ask for help. Remember you are not alone, so don’t be afraid to ask for help.
There are lots of charities and organisations that are here to help you with advice, resources, and support:back to all libraries
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