Get plenty of sleep – see our blog post 12 Tips for a better sleep
Eat well – an anti-inflammatory diet that supports neurotransmitter function can help to support mental health. Neurotransmitters are the brain’s messenger chemicals and control mood, sleep, energy, appetite and other functions. Include lots of brightly coloured fruit and vegetables, eggs, fish, nuts, seeds, beans, pulses, poultry and lean red meat and avoid processed, sugary foods as much as possible.
Avoid alcohol, smoking and drugs – whilst they may provide an initial high, they affect neurotransmitters and impact mood over the longer term
Spend plenty of time outdoors in the sunlight – sunlight enables our body to make vitamin D and natural light and fresh air can help to improve immunity, concentration and mood.
Manage stress – relaxation techniques such as deep-breathing, meditation and mindfulness can help with stress management, as can trying to reduce your load on a daily basis.
Exercise and activity – any type of activity can help, including walking, yoga and weight-lifting. Exercise supports the production of neurotransmitters and it is useful to build some sort of physical activity into each day.
Connect with others – building relationships can be key in helping to support mental health.