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Five Steps to Improve Your Mental Health and Wellbeing

Posted May 11, 2018

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Five Steps to Improve Your Mental Health and Wellbeing

Joanne Welsh Counsellor @Achieve Wellbeing Counselling Services Magherafelt presents Catherine McCann Deputy Head and P.E. Coordinator @Creggan Primary School with a cheque to help buy some much needed sports equipment. Here @Achieve Wellbeing Counselling we are always keen to promote the message that improved mental wellbeing is an achievable goal for everyone in our local community and beyond. Recently we were given an opportunity to 'practice what we preach'.

Giving to Others is recognised as one of the well known ‘Five Steps To Better Mental Wellbeing’, so we decided to make a small donation to Creggan Primary School. Of course giving doesn't have to be a monetary act, it can be something as simple as a smile, a kind word or perhaps giving something back to your community in a voluntary role.

Connecting with others whether it be friends, family, classmates or neighbours and developing these relationships will improve self-image, esteem and confidence.Sport provides a great opportunity for us to connect with others and to feel part of something.

Being Active. When we exercise our bodies release chemicals called endorphins which trigger a positive feeling and help to lift our mood.  Being active is simply seeking out an activity that we enjoy, or used to enjoy and building it into our weekly routine.

Learning new skills and setting ourselves goals and challenges is another way to boost our mental health and wellbeing.  This may be sports themed but other ideas could include learning to play a musical instrument, enrolling on a course or learning to cook your favourite meal.

Finally taking notice or being mindful helps promote a better sense of wellbeing.  Being mindful means paying attention in a particular way, noticing what we don't normally notice and being more aware of the present moment. This includes being aware of our thoughts and feelings and the world around us. 

We hope that by highlighting these steps for improved mental wellbeing that you will try out some of the ideas mentioned for yourself or experiment with ideas of your own.  However we appreciate this may be difficult for some who are facing difficult circumstances and situations or those struggling to find the motivation and resilience to take these steps.  If you would like Confidential Professional Support to help you on your way to improved Mental Health & Wellbeing please contact us via email or phone (text or call) to organise a counselling appointment. 

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