Mental health relates to emotional, psychological and social well being. It can affect the way you feel, how you think and the way you act.
Mental health problems affect both men and women.
How to maintain Good Mental health
Mental health conditions can be a caused by a range of hereditary and environmental factors however, there are certain things you can do to help and reduce the risk of developing a mental health condition.
- Physical activity – Through building gradually into your life 30 minutes of moderate exercise 5 days a week, you can greatly reduce your risk of developing a mental health condition. Exercise releases endorphin’s in your brain which makes you feel good and aids in a positive outlook on life.
- Connect with others – There is a strong link between loneliness and mental health conditions through developing and maintaining social relationships with those around you can greatly enhance your life quality and emotional well-being.
- Enjoy yourself – Working life can be stressful, set time aside for yourself to enjoy what you like to do. Pursue that hobby you’ve always wanted to do or take some time out to do some activities with the kids, this can lead to creativity which challenges and stimulates your brain.
- Mindfulness – Being in the here and now allows you to appreciate whats happening in the moment and helps your brain make conscious decisions. it’s easy to get caught up in the future or the past, experiencing the now, brings with it a host of mental health benefits.
- Ask for Help – this is very important, people in general are reluctant to ask for help. it may be something simple like asking a friend for advice or you may have an issue which the Doctor can help you with. Through asking for help your problems and issues can be solved quicker which reduces stress and improves your emotional well being.
Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) – whats available locally
Here in our local area there is a great range of support services which are available free of charge. You can either contact them yourself directly or speak to your doctor.
There are over 100 types of Dementia that are known however, the root cause of these diseases remain unknown. The Nature of Dementia is progressive which means that the brains structure and chemistry becomes increasingly damaged over time. Having an understanding of Dementia, can help you support friends and families with the disease and allow you to pass the often misunderstood knowledge on to others.
- Keeping an active mind – As well as getting enough sleep and living a healthy active life, keeping the mind stimulated can help reduce the risk factors of Dementia and improve your quality of life. Activities such as learning a second language or simply reading provide the brain with a workout that benefits both mind and body.
- Caring for someone with Dementia – Those who are dealing with Dementia often feel vulnerable and isolated, therefore being able to care for an individual with Dementia is very important however this role can be challenging. https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/ provides very useful information which can help Dementia carers.
Local Dementia services
In the Tees Valley area we have a range of Dementia services which are designed to be accessible and support those who are dealing with the Dementia as well as those caring for individuals with the disease.