Tackling poor mental health is a serious, life-changing task requiring time, patience and plenty of support from loved ones and professionals. As Prince Harry demonstrated in his recent revelation that he suffered serious mental health issues and sought counselling following the death of his mother, Princess Diana, increased awareness of mental health is vital and on the rise. As well as more serious approaches such as counselling, sometimes the smallest changes can also reap rewards – as Prince Harry showed with his use of boxing to fight his depression – so try absorbing a few of these wellbeing tips into your daily routine…
Disconnect from your newsfeed
A survey from the US National Institute Of Health linked social media to depression and anxiety. A drip-feed of carefully selected and edited pictures on social media is a recipe for low self-esteem. If you can’t quite face culling your Facebook friends list and deleting Instagram from your phone, set aside a maximum of 30 minutes a day for checking your social accounts. Less is more.
The Breathe2Relax stress management app walks users through breathing exercises that help stabilise mood, control anger and manage anxiety. It specialises in teaching “diaphragmatic breathing” (aka, belly breathing) to beat stress and encourage relaxation. Download Breathe2Relax from Google Play or the App Store.
Receive online therapy
Lantern combines cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) with affordable advice from professionals trained in CBT. Sign up for £40 to determine your strengths and weaknesses in five areas: body, stress/anxiety, mood, sleep and social life, and receive tailored daily exercises, plus one- on-one coaching when needed.