How else can I help myself?

Understanding and learning about how low mood or depression can affect you, is a very important part of managing your mood.  Whilst treatments such as therapies and/or medication may be very necessary in helping to make you feel mentally fit, there are also many ways to improve how you feel using self help techniques.

Go back to the home page and look through the different sections of eat well, think well, exercise well, manage well and socialise well.  See if there is anything in these sections that can help you make changes to improve how you are feeling.

You could access the Books on Prescription Scheme. Books can be loaned for up to eight weeks via your GP from the libraries across both boroughs of Halton and St Helens. Reading books based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for mild to moderate mental health problems has been proven to be effective in improving peoples management of their daily lives and of their condition. There are also CDs on 5 topics. Books on Prescription page

However, if you feel that your depression is deteriorating, your GP is a great source of information and support.

Mental fitness and wellbeing

  • It’s important to take care of yourself and get the most from life.
  • Mental health is about the way you think and feel and your ability to deal with ups and downs.
  • Being emotionally and mentally fit is just as important as being physically fit.
  • The mental health foundation has put together 10 practical ways to look after your mental health.
  • Making simple changes to how you live doesn’t need to cost a fortune or take up alot of time. Anyone can follow this advice.
  • TalkTalk About Your Feeling Talking about your feelings can help you stay in good mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled. Talking about your feelings isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s part of taking charge of your wellbeing and doing what you can to stay healthy.
  • foodEat Well There are strong links between what we eat and how we feel – for example, caffeine and sugar can have an immediate effect.  But food can also have a long-lasting effect on your mental health.
  • envelopeKeep in Touch Friends and family can make you feel included and cared for. They can offer different views from whatever’s going on inside your own head. They can help keep you active, keep you grounded and help you solve practical problems.
  • travelTake a Break A change of scene or a change of pace is good for your mental health. It could be a five-minute pause from cleaning your kitchen, a half-hour lunch break at work or a weekend exploring somewhere new. A few minutes can be enough to de-stress you.
  • heartAccept Who You Are Some of us make people laugh, some are good at maths, others cook fantastic meals. Some of us share our lifestyle with the people who live close to us, others live very differently. We’re all different.
  • runKeep Active Experts believe exercise releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good. Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem and help you concentrate, sleep, look and feel better. Exercise also keeps the brain and your other vital organs healthy.
  • wineDrink Sensibly We often drink alcohol to change our mood. Some people drink to deal with fear or loneliness, but the effect is only temporary.
  • phoneAsk for Help None of us are superhuman. We all sometimes get tired or overwhelmed by how we feel or when things go wrong. If things are getting too much for you and you feel you can’t cope, ask for help.
  • meddleDo Something You’re Good At What do you love doing? What activities can you lose yourself in? What did you love doing in the past? Enjoying yourself helps beat stress. Doing an activity you enjoy probably means you’re good at it and achieving something boosts your self-esteem.
  • helpCare for Others Caring for others is often an important part of keeping up relationships with people close to you. It can even bring you closer together.


Taken from
The Mental Health Foundation

Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

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