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Me, myself and I - Improving your mental health

One of the most important relationships you have is with yourself. Having a healthy relationship with yourself can improve mental health, friendships, and work productivity. It impacts your mental and emotional health and your bonds with other people.

Self care, self-acceptance, and self- awareness are all key. When you are in a healthy relationship with yourself you take good care of your physical, mental, and social health. You will embrace your strengths and opportunities. You value who you are and what you’ve experienced.

Here are some top tips on how to build or maintain a healthy relationship with yourself…

1. Prioritise your needs

Self-care and loving yourself are absolutely essential when it comes to having a healthy relationship with yourself and others.

This may look like:

  • Eating a well balanced diet
  • Improving your sleep
  • Physical activity
  • Spending time with loved ones
  • Journaling
  • Taking a new course or finding a new job
  • Do something that makes you happy - like a hobby
  • Getting professional help

2. Build a healthy inner dialogue

This is the way in which we speak to ourselves, in our own heads. Having a positive inner dialogue will build self respect and confidence, it will also help you cope with anxiety, and overcome any negative thoughts that enter your mind.

Be mindful about how you talk to yourself throughout the day, are you kind to yourself? Or do you hold onto things that go wrong during the day? Can you overcome the negative thoughts? If you do find yourself having negative thoughts, this is totally natural, but try to think of the positives in all situations. Or look for evidence that will contradict those negatives.

3. Know your strengths

Think about your own personal strengths. This will help you build self confidence. It will also help you identify areas in which you have an opportunity to grow.

Think about how you can use these strengths in everyday life and how you might want to do new things to help develop new strengths.

4. Time out

Life is busy, but it is so important to remember to take some time out alone. This will give you time to reflect, grow and do some self-assessment.

Time out will look different to everyone. It may be taking a coffee break, going for a walk, taking a bath, or doing a hobby. But it will help you assess your life goals, any challenges you are facing, and your core beliefs.

So remember to look after yourself. Be kind. A healthy relationship with yourself will help you better cope with life challenges. It will also improve social relationships and work productivity.

If you have any concerns about your mental health wellbeing, it is important that you speak to someone as soon as possible. There is help out there, look at some of the services available to everyone by clicking here.

  • Feb 23, 2023
  • Culture , UK
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