Self-Care

Looking after yourself is important. Many factors affect our mental health, and can exasperate or trigger mental illness.

Self-care can mean many things - it's about doing things which make you happy and benefit your overall wellbeing.

Read below about the other aspects of wellbeing which contribute to our mental health.

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Physical Wellbeing

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Social Wellbeing

Sleep, Nutrition and Exercise

Physical wellbeing is linked to mental health. Lack of sleep, poor nutrition and lack of exercise can make us feel down and anxious.

Sleep

Try to sleep and wake at the same time, avoid blue-light emitting technology before bed, and be aware that caffeine and alcohol can decrease sleep quality.

More sleep tips here.

Nutrition

'Diet' can be a terrifying word, but it is also one which is used a lot amongst athletes. The key to good physical and mental wellbeing via nutrition is a balanced diet. Read more from BBC GoodFoods here.

Exercise

Athletes may not need to be told about the importance of exercise, but it is linked to good mental health and can in some instances, help decrease the effects of some mental illness.

Interaction with Others

Interacting with others, feeling included and a sense of belonging have huge impacts on our psychological wellbeing.

Often, in sport, those around us form a strong support network and give us a sense of community. But it can also be important to have social interactions beyond this.

Routes to positive social interactions can include charity and social work, where you can meet others and do good.

You can find volunteering opportunities near you here.

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Financial Wellbeing

Money Matters

Our finances can feel like an awkward conversation but financial comfort and wellbeing has been proven to have a link to our mental wellbeing.

Budgeting and financial management can be difficult to grasp, and it can be hard to know where to start.

Read this 'What is Financial Wellbeing?' guide from the CABA.

Please note, this information is not intended to encourage people to self-diagnose. Please seek help from a medical professional if you feel that you need support with your mental health.

If you need urgent mental health support please contact Samaritans on 116 123. If your life is in danger, call 999 for an ambulance or go straight to A&E. There is no shame in asking for help.