Are you ok? It’s a simple question but as life can get busy, it’s one we sometimes forget to ask.
Each year in Australia, approximately 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness. Even though nearly 4 million Australians are suffering from some form of mental illness each year, there is still such poor acceptance, awareness and understanding of mental illness and it often goes undiagnosed or poorly treated. So, weather you are struggling with a mental illness or not it is very important to reach out and ask for help or simply ask someone if they are ok.
With that there are also things you can do yourself to help along the way or even encourage someone else to try.
Make sure you are getting enough sleep
Sleep is not only great for you body, but also for your brain. Getting enough sleep helps you feel energised, improves your mental health and helps you stay focused.
Eating a healthy and balanced diet can improve your mood, energy levels and all over wellbeing. There has been a lot of research conducted that proves a link between a bad diet and depression and anxiety. Fill your diet with nutritious vegetables and grains (and the odd treat because well, we deserve it) to give your brain the fuel it needs to stay focused and strong.
Do what you love
Do you have a hobby that you love? Or is spending time with family and friends what makes you happy? Well then do more of that, make time for the things that bring you up. Doing the things, you love can help strengthen your mental health and wellbeing by boosting your confidence and helping you to connect with others.
Staying active can you help you sleep better, manage stress and boost your mood. Boxing in particular is a great exercise to choose to help with your mental and physical wellbeing. Along with being great for your physical health, boxing requires your full concentration so allows you to switch off from the outside world for a while. Along with letting you switch off, boxing is also a great stress reliever. While punching away on the bag, your brain releases endorphins which create feel-good thoughts. Punching can also relieve muscle tension that can build up in your body when you are stressed - who doesn’t like that satisfaction of a solid punch or kick after a tough day!
Boxing can help you feel more powerful mentally and give you a fighting spirit. This in turn will help you face life’s more challenging situations with a clear focus. Plus boxing in a supportive environment like enerG+ can also build your confidence and self-esteem.
Remember if you feel like you need help there please reach out to your family, friends or GP. You can also contact Beyond Blue or Lifeline via phone or their online support services.