Good mental wellbeing means:
There are a lot of things that you can do to ensure you're looking after your mental wellbeing. Some easy things you can do include:
The HSE have some really good advice on your mental health, including where to find support and services. You can find all that information here .
Sleep is really important for your mental health and wellbeing. Most people need between 5 to 9 hours sleep a night. The ideal amount is 8 hours, but everyone is different.
We all need to look at our sleep pattern and habits. If you’re regularly struggling to get a good night’s sleep, there are a number of things you can do to improve it.
SpunOut have some great advice on sleep and looking after your mental health.
Every parent finds parenting difficult. There can be days when it feels like everything is a struggle. Be kind to yourself and make time for yourself. Some of these tips might be helpful for you.
The HSE's website mychild.ie is a great resource for more tips.
Good relationships are hugely important for your mental health. It can take courage to meet new people but it can make a big difference to how you feel. You may need to think about whether you want to meet new people with similar interests or just give something back to your community or society.
Some of the following organisations can help you:
If you decide that you would like to get involved in volunteering but you are not sure exactly what you would like to do, then a good place to start is Volunteer Ireland. They can help you find what kind of volunteering suits you.
Find your local volunteering centre here.
A Men’s Shed is a place where men are able to gather and work on meaningful projects at their own pace, in their own time and in the company of other men and where the primary objective is to advance the health and wellbeing of the participating men.
Find your local shed here.
There are GAA clubs in every community. The Healthy Club project empowers clubs to deliver health and wellbeing information and programmes directly to their members and to the wider communities that they serve. Find out more here.
Most of us are aware of the physical health risks of smoking, but research shows that smoking also affects your mental health. Quitting smoking can be hard and lots of smokers try to quit a number of times before they are successful.
If you have just given up recently you should know that it's normal to feel angry, low or anxious. Many people use cigarettes to cope with different emotions - such as smoking in a stressful situation. You also may have used cigarettes to block out your feelings. When you stop smoking it can be difficult to manage these feelings without a cigarette. Some tips you can try are:
Distract yourself by going for a walk or talking to somebody
Delay until the urge passes
Deep breathe 20 times
Drink a glass of cold water
For more help follow the QUIT programme on Quit.ie .
A lot of people find their mood improves when they cut down or stop drinking. This may come as a surprise, as it's common to feel that alcohol gives you a boost or relief.
Drinking, hangovers and poor sleep can reduce your energy and productivity. A break from alcohol can get you motivated to get things done.
Use the Ask About Alcohol Drinks Calculator to find out how your drinking is impacting on your health, your wallet and your weight.
And you can always learn more from the HSE's Ask About Alcohol campaign .