Looking after your mental health

Things can get pretty overwhelming in your teens. School, exams, friends, relationships, work…it seems like a lot to think about sometimes!

That’s why it’s so important to look after your mental health. In fact, it’s just as important as staying physically healthy too.

Queensland Health has written a great blog with 5 tips to help you take care of your mental health. Here’s a quick breakdown:

1. Learn about what mental health actually is

Some people can have a pretty negative reaction when they hear “mental health”. But it’s something that we all have! It’s our everyday emotional wellbeing, and we can do things to improve it.

2. Think about your diet

The things you eat and drink can surprisingly have a big impact on your mood. Having a consistent eating schedule is important too, so don’t skip breakfast!

3. Be more active

Your physical and mental health are more closely linked than you might think. There is heaps of evidence showing that keeping active helps us feel better both physically and mentally.

4. Learn ways to deal with stress

Sometimes you won’t be able to help feeling bad; it just happens. But when it does, remember that there are things you can do to get through it. Mindfulness has become very popular and is a great way to help manage stress.

5. Remember – mental health conditions are common and easily treatable

If you do find yourself struggling, remember that you’re definitely not alone. It’s always ok to speak up and seek help, and there are plenty of people and services out there to help.

Read the full article and see a great list of resources on the Queensland Health website here: https://www.health.qld.gov.au/news-events/news/looking-after-your-mental-health-in-your-teens

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