strategies to assist

helping yourself takes a lot of courage

The fact that you are currently looking at this website indicates that you may be ready to seek help and want to make a change. We acknowledge that this is not an easy step and takes a lot of courage.

There are many self care strategies available to assist you, and we acknowledge that there are different strategies for different people, finding the right one for you can be daunting.

We hope that by reading through the strategies below you may soon be on the way to feeling better.

Social wellbeing, including connectivity and friendships
Being around friends and participating in community groups helps you to stay connected to people, giving you the opportunity to communicate and share stories.

Opportunities to build relationships could include meeting face to face, text messaging, calling, or interacting on social media.

Self confidence can be improved through learning new things!

You may find your self-esteem increases when you choose to undertake or discover something new, for example participating in a leisure activity, joining a sporting or social group within your community or exploring a new interest.

Understanding and awareness of mental health conditions

Learning more about mental health helps us to better understand ourselves and those who might be experiencing challenges with their mental health. 

When we learn more, we find our awareness and understanding increases in a way that might help us to respond and support others with empathy and care.

This may also have a flow on affect to how we treat ourselves.

Exercise / physical health – healthy eating

Exercising, even if just for a short period, can improve the way you are feeling and when we exercise, a feel good hormone in our brain is released. 

Just as physical activity is important for the functioning of our bodies, so too is getting enough sleep and healthy eating.  Small steps can help us to maintain our physical and mental wellbeing.

Meditation – mindfulness
Take time out to be in the present; become aware of your surroundings by taking an intentional pause… stop, listen, observe, take it all in.

Take time to acknowledge your thoughts and feelings, it is a good way to validate and reflect on what you might need right now to get through.

Emotional awareness
When we recognise our emotions we learn to validate them which can lead to us being able to better manage them.

Thinking about how we react to stressful situations may assist in altering our approach, understanding someone else’s viewpoint and self-regulating our response.

Whether its anger, sadness, shame, embarrassment or happiness, emotions are a part of the human condition. We all feel them and it is normal to experience a variety of emotions.