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Simple steps to improving your mental health

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Mental health is just as important as physical health. When facing stressful times in our life, we may feel overwhelmed, and this can affect our mental health. They are mostly related to how we think and feel which can lead to anxiety, stress or depression. To help improve your mental health, we’ve come up with some ideas below.

 

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Outdoors

Create a balance in staying indoors and spending time outdoors. Now that it’s summer, it’s the perfect time for doing activities outdoors. Even as simple as going for a walk can improve your mental health. The sun provides us with vitamin D which aids depression.

 

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Water

Take 8 cups of water every day to prevent dehydration and help improve your concentration. Many people often forget to drink water throughout the day. To help with your water intake, you can either bring a bottle of water or even set the alarm for reminders.

 

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Healthy Meals

Healthy meals will fuel our body with the right nutrients which helps improve our energy throughout the day. Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. If you missed your breakfast, you would most likely have burnout and loss of energy. So it’s essential to fuel your body with healthy foods first thing in the morning. It’s recommended to eat a healthy balance of protein, carbs, vegetables and fruits.

 

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Avoid multitasking

If you have too many projects at once, try to work on them one at a time or split your schedule by appointing tasks at different times of the day. You want to avoid multitasking as this leads to stress and can affect your mental health.

 

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Spend less time on the phone

Spending too much time on your phone can lead to depression. Try to reduce the amount of time you spend on your phone even if this means spending an hour every day. Looking at a screen for too long can leave your brain drained which affects concentration and energy level.

LGBT Mental Health

LGBT & Mental Health Issues

In recent years there has been much more of a focus in mainstream media on mental health, and increasingly there is more awareness of issues that have forced many people to suffer in silence previously. However, things are only just starting to change, and an area that still hasn’t been fully addressed is the noticeably higher rate of mental health problems among the LGBT+ community.

There are an increasing number of options for people struggling in this situation, including specialist gay & lesbian counselling to help people overcome the specific issues they face in day-to-day life. Mental health problems for LGBT+ people might stem from particular problems they are dealing with at a certain time, for example coming out, relationships, family issues, bullying and discrimination. Any kind of homophobic or transphobic abuse is highly likely to lead to low self esteem and increased pressure on a person’s mental health, so these kind of instances can often be traced back as the cause of an unhealthy cycle. Continue Reading

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An Assessment of Mental Health Care Issues among Patients in UK

The issue of mental health care has become a major concern because of the high number of people suffering from these problems in the United Kingdom. This is not only a problem in the United Kingdom, but also in many other countries in the world. Some of the major mental health problems facing many people in the UK include depression and stress. This article provides an overview based on data available to make assessment of the level of quality of health care services for people suffering from mental health care problems in the United Kingdom. The assessment looks at three different groups including adults suffering from common mental health problems, those with enduring and severe mental health problems and children and young people. 

This is one of the many overviews that focus on key areas of quality in term of waiting times, safety, mental health, person centred care and other internationals comparisons. 

Major points 

Around 20 percent of the population in the United Kingdom suffers from a mental health problems. It is estimated that the government spends an estimated £105bn every year. This is in terms of economic and societal costs. More than two million people in the country has some sort of contact with mental health care services in a year. However, the sad thing is a lot of people who require support do not access any of the services through the National Health Service.  Continue Reading