The British Mental Health Foundation has launched a free guide containing the 11 most effective ways to protect our health from common psychological problems such as anxiety and depression.
The free guide is based on a groundbreaking and innovative study conducted by the Foundation, which combined existing evidence on how to protect our mental health with expert opinions, along with those of members of the public.
According to the foundation’s website, the study was published in the American Journal of Health Promotion “and has been peer-reviewed.”
Mental Health is a UK charity whose mission is to “help people thrive by understanding, protecting and preserving their mental health”.
Mental health promotion measures
The full list of mental health promotion actions suggested by the new guide includes:
Get closer to nature.
Learn to understand and manage your feelings.
Talk to someone you trust for support.
Be wary of using drugs or alcohol to deal with difficult emotions.
Try to get the most out of your money and get help solving a debt problem.
– Get more sleep.
– Be kind and help create a better world.
– Keep moving.
– Eat healthy food.
Be curious and open to new experiences.
Plan the things you look forward to.
Ways to maintain mental health
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. It influences the way we think, feel and act. It helps determine how we deal with stress, communicate with others and make decisions. It is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Mental health problems are common but help is also available, and people with mental health problems can improve and many recover completely.
The authors of the study believe that the new evidence they have prepared encourages attention to the basics of life, such as our relationships, experiences, bodies and money.
Dr Antonis Kosoulis, who led the research and director of the foundation, said: ‘The evidence suggests that what is in the evidence is more likely to maintain our mental health than the gimmicks and miracle cures touted by some.
“The truth is that there are no quick fixes for good mental or physical health, but what works is developing healthy habits in our daily lives, which help us feel good and be able to handle everything,” Kosoulis was quoted as saying by mentalhealth.
“For example in our new guide we talk about getting more sleep, learning to understand and manage our emotions, plan things to look forward to, and get help with financial problems.”