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2 September 2020 | Mental Health, Mental Wellbeing, Wellness, Therapy, Psychotherapy, Counselling, Diet, Exercise

5 Ways to Boost Mental Wellbeing

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused devastating effects to millions of peoples lives, both physically and mentally. Mental health and wellbeing has never been more important; even people with no previous problems are currently suffering with stress, anxiety and depression. Taking care of your mental health, and looking out for those around you, is vital. If you or someone you know is affected by low mood or other problems, there are a variety of things you can do to help boost mental wellbeing.

Make dietary changes

A good diet is a great way to boost mental wellbeing and overall health. Eating a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables will ensure your body is getting the nutrients it needs to perform well, and will leave you feeling energised and positive.

There are also certain specific foods that have a direct effect on issues such as anxiety and depression. Omega-3 fatty acids are known to contribute to brain health, and as well as reducing anxiety levels, they also help with concentration and memory. Superfoods such as berries, beans and leafy greens are packed with antioxidants, which help with the symptoms of depression.

Stay active

Getting enough exercise has also been shown to help tackle mental health issues. When you’re active, the brain floods with endorphins, feel good chemicals which lift your mood and leave you feeling energised and positive. Exercise also helps to reduce levels of cortisol, a stress hormone which increases negative feelings and thoughts.

You don’t need to be running ten miles a day, either; exercise can be as energetic or as gentle as you choose. Swimming, jogging and walking are all great choices, while slower paced yoga is another great option - learning the correct breathwork is also beneficial for adding a little calm to your life.

Talk to a professional

Feeling supported is vital for anyone trying to boost mental wellbeing. Try to build a support network by leaning on friends and loved ones for help when you need to. The simple act of talking to someone is often a great help.

If you don’t feel comfortable confiding in friends or family, there are plenty of professional therapy and counselling services available in the UK. At Hapi, we’re working with a variety of counsellors who are fully qualified and ready to listen - simply head to the website or app to book your appointment in confidence.

Embrace complementary therapies

Complementary therapies have been found to be hugely helpful to mental health. Meditation is great for slowing down, emptying the mind and reducing negative thoughts - and it also teaches you the importance of mindfulness.

Aromatherapy is another brilliant option. The nose is packed full of smell receptors, which are stimulated by the essential oils used - they then send messages to the nervous system, and in turn leaves you feeling calmer and less anxious. Oils such as lavender, chamomile and rose are ideal for keeping on hand for those panicky moments.

Spend time outdoors

Many studies have shown that nature and the outdoors are powerful weapons in the battle against mental health problems. So much so in fact, that ecotherapy is now a formal treatment programme often used by professionals when treating patients.

The key is to head outdoors to focus on an activity; patients often spend time gardening, taking part in bushcraft or enjoying outdoors arts and crafts activities. Not only do people enjoy the activities, and the act of being productive, they also get to mix with other people in a supportive environment.

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