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The NHS 'Your Mind Plan' quiz is now available on the Every Mind Matters website

If you're finding yourself struggling with your mental health and overall well-being, taking the 'Your Mind Plan' quiz and answering 5 simple questions related to anxiety, low mood,  and other mental health concerns, can gain insights into areas that may require attention and receive personalised guidance on how to address them. 

Remember, seeking support and taking steps to prioritise your mental well-being is a positive and courageous choice. 

Your mental health matters, and taking the quiz is a valuable first step towards feeling better. Just click the link below to get stated.

Mental Health is made up of our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. When you prioritise your mental health, you are better able to cope with stress, make sound decisions, build and maintain healthy relationships, and achieve your goals.

Neglecting your mental health can lead to a range of negative outcomes, such as increased anxiety, depression, and difficulties with daily functioning. Therefore, taking care of your mental health is essential for your overall well-being and happiness 

10 reasons why it's essential to look after your mental health

  1. Improved mood: When you take care of your mental health, you'll experience more positive emotions and an improved mood.
  2. Reduced anxiety: Taking care of your mental health can help you manage anxiety and reduce the chances of experiencing panic attacks.
  3. Better sleep: When you prioritize your mental health, you'll experience better sleep, which is essential for good health.
  4. Increased productivity: When you feel good mentally, you'll be more productive at work or in your personal life.
  5. Improved relationships: When you take care of your mental health, your relationships with others will also benefit.
  6. Better physical health: There is a strong link between mental and physical health. When you take care of your mental health, you'll also experience better physical health.
  7. Reduced stress: Looking after your mental health can help you manage stress more effectively.
  8. Increased self-esteem: When you prioritize your mental health, you'll feel better about yourself, which can lead to increased self-esteem.
  9. Greater sense of purpose: Taking care of your mental health can help you feel more fulfilled and give you a greater sense of purpose in life.
  10. Improved overall quality of life: By taking care of your mental health, you'll have a better quality of life overall, with more happiness, fulfilment, and satisfaction.

Self-care is essential for maintaining physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It helps to reduce stress, improve mood, increase productivity, and boost overall health. Prioritising self-care activities such as exercise, healthy eating, getting enough rest, and engaging in enjoyable hobbies can help individuals feel more balanced and fulfilled in their daily lives. Neglecting self-care can lead to burnout, decreased motivation, and increased risk of developing physical and mental health problems. Therefore, making self-care a regular part of one's routine is crucial for achieving and maintaining a healthy and happy life.

The important thing with self-care is not what it looks like, but what it does for you and how it makes you feel. 

10 ways to practice self care

  1. Get enough sleep: Make sure you get enough sleep each night to help your body and mind recharge.
  2. Eat well: Eat a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  3. Exercise regularly: Regular exercise can help reduce stress and improve overall health.
  4. Take breaks: Take breaks throughout the day to give yourself time to rest and recharge.
  5. Practice mindfulness: Take a few minutes each day to focus on your breath and be present in the moment.
  6. Connect with others: Spend time with friends and loved ones to help boost your mood and reduce stress.
  7. Set boundaries: Learn to say no to things that aren't serving you and set boundaries to protect your time and energy.
  8. Treat yourself: Do something nice for yourself each day, whether it's taking a bubble bath or indulging in your favourite treat.
  9. Practice gratitude: Take time each day to reflect on what you're grateful for and appreciate the good things in your life.
  10. Seek help when needed: Don't be afraid to reach out to a professional if you're struggling with your mental health.