Talk Changes: Why your mental health is important
We all know the term ‘mental health’, but what does this really mean? Our mental health includes our psychological, emotional and social wellbeing and it is essential to living a healthy, balanced life. It affects how we think, feel and behave every day. It helps determine how we cope with stress, relate to others, and make decisions. Mental health and physical health are closely connected. Poor mental health can make it difficult to manage our physical health. In turn, problems with physical health can have an impact on mental health.
It can be normal to feel low or anxious from time to time. For example, the term ‘January Blues’ relates to this time of the year; following an exciting time that can be stressful and fast paced, with lots to juggle and do, we can be left feeling a bit down. We may have less to plan and look forward to. This feeling tends to be short-lived, but is quite common. Our thoughts may be occupied with concerns about the past or future. We may feel less motivated to do things or avoid things altogether. We may notice small changes in our eating or sleeping habits and may have less energy.
There are many different factors that could affect mental health; something difficult or stressful could have happened recently in your life or you may feel you’ve been struggling for a while. You may not be sure why you are feeling low or worried but talking with a friend or a therapist may help you figure this out.
Exercising, getting a good night’s sleep, eating balanced and healthy meals, opening up to others, taking a break, trying something new and remembering something you are grateful for can all be helpful steps towards taking care of yourself. These can feel difficult at first, so start small and avoid setting unrealistic expectations for yourself. If you have noticed changes in your mood, relationships or ability to cope day to day there is support for you. You can visit your GP or if you have a GP in City and Hackney and are over the age of 18 you can refer directly to our service, Talk Changes.
As part of the NHS we are a free talk therapy service offering a range of psychological therapies. We start by offering an assessment to discuss how you are feeling and what may be helpful for you.
Find out more and make a referral by visiting our website: talkchanges.org.uk
Talk Changes is a confidential NHS service that helps tackle common mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety, which affect one in four of us.