Better Health – Every Mind Matters
The impact and experience of the past 18 months has been difficult for us all. That’s why it’s so important to look after our mental health and wellbeing. The Better Health campaign focuses on showing the little things we can all do and how these can make a big difference; helping us to lead happier, healthier lives and cope with life’s challenges.
Why not download the NHS-approved Mind Plan?
By answering five simple questions online, you will get a personalised mental health action plan with practical tips for helping deal with stress and anxiety, boost your mood, sleep better, and feel more in control.
When it comes to taking care of your mental health, having a plan is a great first step. The tips in the Mind Plan have been chosen by clinical experts to help you find what works for you.
The Every Mind Matters website is being continuously updated to support you and has a COVID-19 hub that includes tips and support on how to deal with change and cope with money worries and job uncertainty. It also includes practical tips on dealing with stress and anxiety, boosting your mood, sleeping better, and what you can do to help others. Having good mental health helps us to relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more.
Search Every Mind Matters to see what works for you.
Extra tips for improving your mental wellbeing:
- Reframe your thoughts: Sometimes we might develop patterns of thoughts that are unhelpful. This affects the way we feel and can lead to unhelpful actions, but it is possible to recognise, challenge and replace our unhelpful thoughts. Learning how to do this can really help to improve our mental health and wellbeing.
- Be in the present: Sometimes we can get caught up in worrying about the future or ruminating on the past. Taking time to notice our own thoughts and feelings, and the world around us can help us to gain a better perspective and feel better. This is known as being more mindful.
- Get good sleep: Getting good-quality sleep is important for our mental health and can make a big difference to how we feel. It’s important to get enough sleep and there are lots of things that can help us to develop a healthy sleeping routine, like switching off and having some winding down time before bed.
- Connect with others: Connecting with others is important for our mental health and can help us to feel better even when we don’t feel like socialising. There are lots of different ways to do this whether it’s in person, online or over the phone. Spending quality time with friends or family, talking to someone about how we are feeling or finding ways to help other people can all help to improve your mental wellbeing.
- Live a healthy life: Our mental health goes hand in hand with our physical health and there are small changes we can make to take care of both. Being active, enjoying the outdoors and having a healthy, balanced diet can all help to boost mental wellbeing. Also, binning bad habits like smoking, and cutting down on alcohol and caffeine can have a positive effect on our mood.
- Do something for yourself: When we don’t feel our best, it can stop us from doing enjoyable activities but it’s important to find the time to do things just for you. This might be your favourite hobby, learning something new or simply taking time to relax. Allowing yourself to figure out what hobbies or activities make us happy can help to boost your mood, lower stress, and build confidence.
Page last updated 20 October 2021