Everyone experiences some level of mental anxiety or distress at points during their lifetime.

In fact, one in four people across the world will suffer with some form of mental illness in their life. It’s completely normal to feel a range of emotions from anger and fear to deep sadness, worry and being overwhelmed when something traumatic happens, or even just when times are difficult at work or home.

Long-term impact

Though it’s normal to experience these emotions sometimes, it might indicate a more serious mental illness if the feelings don’t go away or get worse over time. Unfortunately, though efforts are being made to break down the stigma attached to being mentally ill, many people still find it difficult to seek the professional help they need, and the indications are that without proper treatment it might have a significant impact on long-term health.

There are over 200 types of mental illness, with a broad variety of symptoms.

Recognising the signs

There are over 200 types of mental illness, with a broad variety of symptoms but in general changes in behaviour, thinking and mood can be early signs of mental illness. It’s vital that we try to recognise these indicators in ourselves and in the people around us, and seek medical help as soon as possible to help minimise any lasting effects on our health.

Even if you are not suffering with a mental illness, it’s still important to be kind to your mind and put in place some simple measures to help look after your own mental wellbeing.

  • Do the things that make you happy. Sounds simple enough, but sometimes just freeing up the time in your daily routine to read, listen to music, chat with your family and friends or indulge in a relaxing bath is enough to help ease away the pressures of the day.
  • Exercise your body to help your mind. All sorts of good chemicals such as endorphins are released in your brain when you exercise helping with general feelings of happiness and wellbeing. In addition, it can help to promote positive self-esteem and see off those feelings of low confidence and poor self-worth.
  • Therapeutic hobbies. Creative hobbies have long been known to help promote calm and stem anxious thoughts through repetitive activity. Try taking up colouring, knitting or drawing to really discover the benefits of gentle activities to help relax and calm your mind.
  • Eat yourself to mental wellness. Good nutrition is essential in providing your mind and body with all of the elements it needs to function properly. Making sure you eat a diet that’s balanced will help to maintain balance in your mood and general sense of wellbeing.