Health and Wellbeing

Although some illnesses and injuries are unavoidable, there are things you can do to help maintain your mental and physical health.

Keep fitKeep fit and eat well

 Regular moderate exercise and healthy meals can make a massive difference to your mood. You'll feel more energetic and able to look after yourself. As a bonus, you'll look fit and toned!



Do something you loveKeep well

 Write a list of all the things in life that you enjoy, no matter how trivial they might seem. Now plan to do at least one small thing every day, and have bigger things to look forward to as well.



Make lots of friendsFriends

Even shy people can make new friends. Get out and meet some new people, and remember - they don't have to be identical to you to be good friends. Avoid people who drag you down all the time and never give anything in return. Seek out the company of others who make you laugh, or feel inspired.


Take on a challenge

Handle stressChallenges are good. Overcoming them will increase your self-confidence. It might be climbing a mountain, or even popping down to your local shops. Don't be afraid to have a go!

Stress management is not all about being passive, or lying down in a darkened room with a wet flannel on your forehead! Learn some active techniques to help you relax. This doesn't include slobbing out in front of the telly with a packet of chocolate digestives.


Stay out of the downward spiral 

Cycle 2Keep busy and do something which you find relaxing or enjoyable. Be honest about your feelings, but don't go on and on about feeling bad all the time. That will just make you feel worse. Avoid sitting around and doing nothing for days on end, especially if you're feeling a bit down. .


Keep your brain active



Take an interest in what's going on in the world, or at least one area of it. Be enthusiastic about life and never stop learning.


Don't worry, be happy!


Learn how to ignore the unimportant things that may niggle you, and break large unpleasant tasks down into smaller, manageable chunks. Keep a sense of humour at all times, and try to see the funny side of most situations.

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