Maintaining a healthy mind
Mental health in the past has been a little under the radar in terms of how well it is understood and treated. However, today it is far better represented, and more people are sharing their stories of how mental health issues affect them. Charities such as Mind and Time to Change are working to help people from all walks of life to address their mental health and reduce the stigma that can come from speaking up about mental health.
This is a guide to managing your mental health. It will contain resources and show you how Cavendish can help with an array of services and support on offer. You can also use our Mental Health Care service page to find more information.
Looking after your physical health
Even though mental health is all about the mind, there are a lot of resources out there that explain how keeping your physical health in check can help with mental health. Physical health is important because if you are unwell it can make you feel down or like you have no energy. Coupled with poor mental health, this can have serious consequences. However, this doesn’t mean that exercise or a special diet will ‘cure’ mental health issues.
Physical activity like walking, running, and playing games or sports have all been found to help lift moods and provide energy. Many say that exercise helps them manage stress and helps them sleep at night too.
For some, simply staying active and eating as healthy as possible is enough to maintain good physical health. Some mental health disorders can be negatively affected by too much exercise, for example for those with eating problems or a tendency to over-train or worry constantly about their appearance. Read more about physical activity and mental health from Mind.
Getting enough sleep is important for all of us. It helps our bodies rest and repair, and during sleep our minds process what has happened that day. Insomnia or disturbed sleep can make mental health issues feel worse. When we are tired, we can feel irritated or lose focus more easily. Sleep is also linked to our metabolism, so eating healthier can be difficult when we are tired too.
Poor sleep can lead to negative thoughts, or make you feel depressed or anxious. If you don’t get enough regular, good quality sleep, you may feel less able to rationalise your thought processes. Read more about sleep and mental health from The Mental Health Foundation.
Eating a balanced diet is something everyone should try to achieve, but for mental health, food can also help boost your mood. Maintaining a steady blood sugar level helps to keep your energy levels at a good rate – so avoiding lots of sugary snacks which make your blood sugar spike and drop is important.
Eating regular meals and staying hydrated is also a great way to keep yourself feeling healthy and can keep your mind sharper. When we are hungry or dehydrated, we can struggle to focus or concentrate. Fruit and vegetables are also recommended for the vitamins and minerals they have inside – these can help us to stay healthy, fight disease, and maintain good mental health.
Talking through your feelings
Dealing with stress and other emotions can often be alleviated by talking – to friends, family, and professionals. When we speak about what’s bothering us, it can help us to see a problem in a new way, or signal to others that we need help or support. Mental health can feel very isolating at times, so talking can be a lifeline for many.
There are plenty of free online resources for talking about mental health, with a view to removing the stigma and aiding understanding. Time to Change’s materials is a great place to start. Cavendish Homecare[AH1] can also help you with this with our services around mental health care. We can arrange to take you to appointments with doctors, specialists or therapists, or help you manage medications. We can also provide access to resources to help you understand your mental health or attend groups that will encourage you to reach out and get the help you need.
Speaking to your GP about medications
Sometimes, medications can help mental health problems. They are not always appropriate, nor are they ever treated as the only solution, instead they are often used as part of an all-encompassing plan for care along with other therapies or treatments. Some people can worry that being on medication for mental health is a problem or not a long-term solution, but a GP can talk through options with you and address any concerns regarding side-effects and length of treatment.
Cavendish Homecare can help you manage prescriptions and help you stay on track with your medications. It’s one of the many benefits of home care we can provide, as we understand that life is busy and keeping track of treatments is vital to wellbeing or recovery.
Where can I get extra help?
Cavendish Homecare understand the bravery it takes to seek help for a mental health issue. No matter the issues you are facing, be it stress, drug or alcohol related problems, to more complex mental health issues like depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, we can help.
Our services include round the clock quality care and our staff are experienced in all aspects of mental health care. Call us to discuss flexible and customised treatment options.