A 2017 survey by the Varkley Foundation found that young British millennials have the second worst mental health wellbeing out of 20 countries assessed. If this has (or is currently) affecting you, this statistic proves that you are certainly not alone. If you're fortunate enough to not be affected, as an employer, friend or family member you should have an open mind about mental health and be responsible for understanding those affected.
There are multiple factors that contribute to your state of mind - and although this differs from person-to-person, these proven actions are bound to have a positive effect on your well-being:
Awareness around mental health has rocketed over the last few years, with more and more resources available at hand via the internet. Some suggestions include:
Sunlight is a great source of vitamin D, a really important vitamin for our bodies and our brains. Speaking of vitamins - B12 is a great affordable supplement to level out energy and subsequently help reduce the symptoms symptoms of depression and anxiety. Take that walk, visit that place - a good walk can do wonders for your well-being. Even by starting small, learn to love moving! Lastly - fruit and veg is a great way to get those vitamins you need without supplements - we understand that healthy diet is not always manageable, but try and squeeze these into your diet wherever and whenever you can - it will make you feel good!
Helping others isn't just good for the people you're helping; it's good for you too. Helping someone can help with your self-esteem and make you feel good about your place in the world. Feeling as though you're part of a community is a really important part of your mental health. You could try volunteering for a local charity, or just being neighbourly.
We all know that social media can have a negative impact on the mind - and although it isn’t realistic for us to cut this out of our lives, limiting your use of it or making conscious choices to do things that engage our minds - something that you enjoy!
We’ve all heard “it’s nice to be nice” and “treat people the way you want to be treated” - and it’s true, evidence shows that helping others is actually beneficial for your own mental health and wellbeing.
Always keep in mind that mental illness is something you experience - not something you are. Find what works for you and practice it - a few months from now you will be in a completely different space mentally. Keep working on you and believe in yourself.
For more advice on this subject you can visit Mind who can help you make choices about treatment, understand your rights or reach out to sources of support.
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