Mental Health and Wellbeing
Mental wellbeing describes the mental state about how the person is feeling and how well the person can cope with day-to-day life. Every person’s mental health can change from day to day, month to month and year to year. Mind is a well-known and professional organisation that provides support and suggestions to empower anyone who is experiencing a mental health problem. Mind has illustrated that people who have good mental health are able to:
- Feel relatively confident in yourself – you value and accept yourself and judge yourself on realistic and reasonable standards
- Feel and express a range of emotions
- Feel engaged with the world around you – you can build and maintain positive relationships with other people and feel you can contribute to the community you live in
- Live and work productively
- Cope with the stresses of daily and manage times of change and uncertainty.
Some tips to help people to maintain and enhance their good mental health and wellbeing:
- Talk about your feelings – talking about your feelings can help you to stay in good mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled.
- Keep active – regular exercise can boost your self-esteem and can help you to concentrate, sleep, and feel better in yourself. Exercise keeps the brain and your other vital organs healthy.
- Eat well – your brains needs a mix of nutrients in order to stay healthy and function well just like the other organs in your body. A diet that is good for your physical health is also good for your mental health.
- Keep in touch – there is nothing better than catching up with someone face to face, but that’s not always possible. You can also give them a call, drop them a note, or chat to them online instead.
- Ask for help – if things are getting too much for you and you feel you can’t cope, ask for help. Your family or friends may be able to offer practical help or a listening ear.
- Take a break – a change of scene or a change of pace is good for your mental health.
- Do something you are good at – enjoying yourself can help beat stress.
Voice - Student Nightline
Voice is a confidential listening and information service run by students for students at the University of Exeter. Available 20:00-8:00 Wednesday - Sunday during term time.