Mind matters

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FEELING BLUE: 70 million workdays are lost in the UK each year due to mental illness.

LAST Monday marked the 25th anniversary of World Mental Health Day, which helps to raise awareness of mental health issues and fight the stigma surrounding them.

Around a quarter of all adults in the UK experience struggles with mental health each year, but only around 15 per cent of these actually get help. Many people don’t realise that mental health is just as important as physical health and has a significant impact upon your general wellbeing.

While levels of anxiety and other symptoms seem to be on the rise, there are several things you can do if it all starts to get on top of you. Although some mental health problems require a more in-depth approach, these small lifestyle changes could really help make a difference to your day-to-day life.

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A lot of research also shows that exercise is incredibly beneficial for mental health, so try to fit as many workouts into the week as possible, even if you just pop out of the house for a quick walk. 

If you’ve hoarded up all your sick days but are starting to feel the pressure at work, don’t feel guilty about taking one or two off to make yourself feel better, even if you have no physical symptoms. Your employers will prefer that you take these days to boost your mood and your energy levels rather than running yourself into the ground.

Even setting aside a mental-health day at the weekend could help work wonders. Clear your plans for 24 hours if you can and schedule in some much needed me-time. Only do things that you know will make you happy, whether it’s taking the dog out or baking your favourite sweet treat. 

If the feelings persist, always seek help from a recommended mental health professional.

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