In the early stages of mental illness there are ways of self-help. Mental illness has many degrees of sickness ranging from anxiety to chronic psychosis. Many health professionals feel there are ways to learn to live with anxiety, worry and depression. Many thanks for this contribution from the writer of Wednesday’s submission.

Sleep is essential for our physical and mental health. Sleep helps to regulate the chemicals in our brain. They are necessary to manage moods and emotions. Without enough sleep, we can become depressed or anxious.

Absorb The Rays!

Sunlight produces vitamin D in the body. Vitamin D is essential for our bodies and our brains. It helps our minds to release chemicals which improve our mood, like endorphins and serotonin. Go out in the sun when you can, but make sure you protect skin and eyes. An hour works well and do not think if Mr Sun is not visible, he’s not doing his work! In winter months consider a SAD (seasonal adjustment disorder) light source.

Manage Stress

Stress is unavoidable and knowing what causes anxiety and understanding how to cope is essential. Take responsibility for your problems and resolve each issue, one at a time. ‘Chunk down’ stresses by writing them down this makes them more manageable — tackle issues head-on.

Good Food

Good food is essential for the body and necessary for our thinking capacity. Certain mineral deficiencies, such as iron and vitamin B12 deficiencies, can give us a low mood. Try to eat a balanced diet. If you find you’re a particularly stressed or anxious person, you should try limiting or cutting out caffeine as this can make you feel jittery and anxious.

What Out For Addictions

Drinking and smoking have withdrawal symptoms, which can cause some spoen issues with your mental wellbeing. After an evening drinking, you can feel depressed and anxious the following day. Excessive alcohol causes thiamine deficiency. Thiamine is vital for our brain function, and low levels lead to memory loss, confusion and eye problems. 

Recreational drugs will always cause withdrawal and anxiety. More severe effects include paranoia and delusions. There is plenty of research suggesting drug abuse is related to mental disorders like paranoia. Do not fool yourself with the idea: drugs do not affect! You can bet your family see the changes. Recreational drugs are high on the list for the reasons for life failures. Face this truth early!

Look After Your Money

Being poor is recognised as a reason for anxiety and depression. Buying things we cannot afford as a ‘treat’ soon becomes a mental health burden. This world revolves around possessions and needs. Do not fall into the trap of thinking money is the cause of problems! Ninety-nine per cent of the time it is LACK of money which becomes the problem.

Activity and Fitness

Activity and exercise are essential in maintaining excellent mental health. Being active gives a sense of achievement, and boosts the chemicals in your brain that put you in a good mood. Exercising can help lower, anxiety, stress and feeling tired and lazy. Walk to work, climb stairs rather than use the lift. Use public transport, and every extra step makes the difference. 

Enjoy Life

Meet with friends, go out for community walks and gatherings. Attend concerts, plays and meetings. Whatever you do with groups of people will enhance your life and mental wellbeing. The great thing about this is you will talk about, and this is a therapy in itself. And one of the reasons people enjoy social connections. Research shows talking to others for ten minutes a day can improve memory and happiness!

Help Others

Nothing beats the sense of satisfaction when someone says “Thank You” – When you care you make a difference to your own and other people’s lives. Being part of a caring and social group is a fantastic way to mental wellbeing. 

Always Ask

When in doubt about your mental wellbeing do not be afraid to ask for help. It is often the case the issue is anxiety and can be worked through with ease. We have many organisations who will guide, care and explain how to deal with mental problems.

The rules of mental happiness are health and activity. Care about yourself, friends and family. Interact and be truthful about your life. When there is a problem, look for the cause and deal with it quickly. Mental wellbeing is all about peace, calm and understanding.


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  1. What a useful article! EXCELLENT suggestions & guidance.I AGREE with every word, having helped others & myself in the past by doing just that.

    I shall underline the words ‘CUT OFF CAFFEINE’, as that can be poison to your nerves & your life day or night. An invisible nasty stimulant which can make tiny molehills feel like giant mountains, little irritations feeling like HUGE catastrophes- and disturbs your need to sleep. Poor kids shouted at by ‘over-caffeinated’ parents!

    Definitely great need for fresh FOOD – and for thinking of possible sensitivity/ ALLERGY/ to some food items- they often are the root causes of skin problems, or feeling unwell. Unknown to me, from childhood to my late-thirties, my own great love of dairy products ( devouring cheeses!), & ANIMAL FATS ( ham/ pork) as well as excess eating of nuts & CHOCOLATE) , was dreadfully affecting my skin :
    SCORES of DEPRESSING acne ‘bumps’ destroying my looks & confidence-(i could not wear a low cut dress either).
    Doctors had no remedies/ gave me useless antibiotics !

    Solution came from a radio programme by Psychiatrist Dr Richard Mackarness ( His book ‘Not all in your mind’) who was the first to wake up the medical world to the importance of food allergies & sensitivities !

    He SAVED my mental & physical life!
    I worked out what was ‘attacking’ me: within ONE week my skin was clear for good – I knew what to avoid…after DECADES of misery.

    If you are only ‘sensitive’ you can learn to limit a food item- i.e. no binging on it- so you can have a little at a time.
    Personally it led me to studying as a therapist and becoming vegetarian, having been blindly brought up as a French meat eater/carnivore.

    On top of my love & respect for animals, since ham/pork was lethal to my skin, why would I contribute to killing lambs, chicken etc. just for my ‘skin safety & my pleasure’?
    Live & let live!

    Congratulations to the LEN article writer.
    Readers please DO take note of what is said.
    It will definitely HELP YOU and yours. 🙂

    • Thank You, Brigitte. It is interesting when we read an article of accuracy how it resonates with so many people. And your additional thoughts complement the essay to a tee! – Many thanks – Ian

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