Our tips for looking after your mental health
At PUREPOWER nutrition, we know that it's ok to not be ok every single day. Along with our healthy food and workout tips and routines, we do our best to help you have a healthy mind and body. On World Mental Health Day 2022 (10th October) we share our ways you can focus on your mental health too.
Whether it's for a quick five minutes to stretch your legs and get some fresh air or a lengthy walk, getting outside (no matter the weather) is proven to be good for your mind. With charities such as the Mental Health Foundation running a '12,000 steps a day in November challenge' to Fitbit challenges with your friends, or even just a walk to the shops, there are plenty of ways for you to get outdoors and feel the (slightly cold) breeze to make you feel a little calmer and help clear your mind.
We are big advocates for eating healthily and our ready meals are a quick and easy way to eat well and enjoy delicious food. Maintaining a balanced diet is crucial for good physical and mental health.
Get proper rest!
Whilst we encourage exercise for well-being, we also know you need to rest. Make sure to get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night and if you're struggling, try different ways to help from reducing screen time or stopping it half an hour before bed, having less caffeine, getting into a routine or calming meditation.
Our mental health is linked heavily to physical movement with our minds and bodies working together. Whether you like to get into the gym or dance in your living room, doing a form of exercise is a great way to look after your mind. Check out our instagram or create an account to sign up to our newsletter to get our tips on working out and exercise.
For many people this can be the hardest to do, but talking to someone about how you're feeling can bring a huge sense of relief. It can take a lot of courage but help you feel much less alone, and start to make sense of things that may have been too much of a burden for one mind alone. If you don't feel like you have a friend of family member you can talk to then there are lots of charities you can speak to such as Mind or Samaritans.
Being kind is both good for your own well-being and be comforting to others. It is just as important to be kind to people around you as it is to be kind to yourself. Learn to understand your own feelings and emotions, being kinder and more understanding to yourself takes strength. It's ok to not always feel ok, and it's important to allow yourself to accept this. There are some great methods from writing your feelings down to practicing mindfulness to help with this.
Don't be afraid to plan and try new things. Whether it's seeking inspiration from our workout plans or snuggling on the sofa to watch your favourite film, make time for yourself and be open-minded. You never know a small change to your day could end up making the biggest difference.
You've got this! 💪🏽
A lot of these things work to help another area; for example exercising can promote a better night's sleep (and vice versa). However sometimes it can be hard to get started, if you feel like you would benefit from talking to someone or seeking more help. Please use these links below:
or speak to your GP, friends and/or family.