Looking after Myself
There are some simple things that you can do to look after your mental health, either by yourself or with other people.
Eat good food
It’s good for your mood! Did you know that your mind is affected by what you eat? Try to eat healthy food and drink plenty of water, to keep your body and brain feeling good!
Scientists have discovered that exercise makes you feel good. It can be anything from football, skating or running to yoga and trampolining – whatever you enjoy!
Talk to others
Talk to other people about things that are bothering you and how you are feeling. Children have told us that, although it can be difficult at first, talking with a good friend, family member or a grown-up you trust can really help.
Believe in yourself
Make a list of things that you like about yourself – this could be about your personality, what kind of friend you are, the way you look and things that you can do. Keep this list and look at it regularly to keep positive.
Take time to chill out and relax
People find different things help them relax – it could be having a bath, watching a funny film, drawing, reading or going for a walk. Try different things and see what works for you.
Get plenty of sleep
Try to go to bed at a similar time each night and get up at a similar time each morning. Avoid using computers or playing on things like iPads before bed – the light they make can keep your brain awake even after you stop playing.
More tips and ideas
If you are finding it hard to look after your mental health and need some help, talk to a grown-up you trust or call ChildLine on 0800 1111.
Here are some games, videos and info that we found online and thought you might like:
- Frustrated, annoyed or worried about something? Check out ChildLine’sonline graffiti wall! childline.org.uk
- ChildLine have a short video about worries, which can also be called ‘anxiety’, at childline.org.uk
- Beat Bullying have some great tips about staying safe and how to deal with bullying at beatbullying.org
- The sky’s the limit! Play ChildLine’s fun game about not letting sad feelings weigh you down at childline.org.uk
- Make sure you stay safe online – check out the Thinkuknow guide to internet safety at thinkuknow.co.uk