What is mental health?
Self-care is an overused buzz word. What does it mean? Self-care is different for every individual. It involves maintaining your physical health, hygiene standards, living environment, taking care of your responsibilities and participating in things that bring you joy.
- Write a safety plan for times of crisis
- Use online therapy resources
- Keep a mood diary to track your triggers
- Check your local NHS for talking therapies
- Consider medications for your symptoms
- Use other mental health hotlines, charities and services.
- Drink water and eat well
- Practice good sleep hygiene
- Have good posture
- Leave the house regularly
- Clean one area per day
- Take pride in your appearence
- Contact your GP for mental or physical illness
- Make little life tweaks to see bigger transformations
- Make a hope box for periods of overwhelming emotions
- Use art, crafts and creative writing therapeutically
- Tend to things that grow (children, pets, plants)
- Practice mindfulness
- Volunteer for a good cause
- Listen to ‘mood music’
- Spend time in nature/outside
- Connect with spirituality
From GET SELF HELP there are therapy resources free to download.
MoodJuice has a variety of self help resources free to download.
From DBT SELF HELP there is a range of resources to download.
Mindfulness guide YEAR ONE Download
MoodSpace – Incorporates mindfulness, meditation, day planners and mood exercises to change negative habits. Parts of app available free.
Wysa – AI chat bot buddy for anonymous conversations, meditation, mindfulness, day planners, and CBT activities such as gratitude lists or thought challenging. For 1 to 1 therapists subscription is needed. Parts of app available free.
Big White Wall – Anonymous mental health community, self-assessments, resources and self-guided courses. Free.
Catch It – Mood tracker and diary. Free.
Thrive – A game based app for managing stress and anxiety. Free.
Cove – Create music to capture your mood and express how you feel with the music journal. Free.
Chill Panda (NHS) – This app measures heart rate and suggests tasks to suit state of mind: simple breathing techniques and light exercises to take your mind off your worries. Free.
Distract – Self harm support, reassurance and advice for students. Free.
Blue Ice (prescribed)