Q: In what ways do you manage your own mental health?
A: There are lots of different ways to manage your own mental health. Of course, management is different for everyone and some people will do different things to others. However, here are a few suggestions for you:
There are many ways to look after your own mental health without accessing services. Self-care is what it says on the tin. Getting yourself involved in things that you find enjoyment out of is a great way to boost your wellbeing. This can be from colouring, gaming, going on walks, to having a bath or meeting friends! We have a regular monthly feature written by our editor Rachel Mitchell which covers all different varieties of self-care. You can access the previous articles via our website www.student-life.co
There are lots of different types of talking therapies available via the NHS which can help with regulating emotions and other mental health difficulties. Some people find talking therapy unhelpful, but this is all dependant on the type of person you are. What I would say is this; don’t knock it until you try it. I personally have had different types of talking therapy and have found them extremely helpful.
Although management of your own mental health may, for some people, only involve yourself. For me, managing your mental health is taking steps to making yourself more comfortable. If that means that a trip to the GP to discuss medication is something that would be helpful for you, then there is no reason why you shouldn’t do this. Medication is not an ideal long-term fix and usually works best alongside talking therapies, however medication is great for giving you that initial boost until you feel well enough to start tackling the root of the problem. Medication is something that is very much an individualised decision; some people do not agree with medication and prefer other methods, however others do agree and find it useful. What is important is to remember to do what is best for you and not what others feel is best.
Complementary and Alternative Therapies
There are different types of therapies out there that do not involve medication and talking. Some people find that yoga groups, aromatherapy, hypnotherapy and acupuncture help with regulating emotions.
What is important is to explore your options and find a way that suits you.
Take care, always xo