Practical Tips for improved Mental Health

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In recognition of Queensland Mental Health Week we asked the Xavier team to share their tips on the small things that we can do every day to take care of our own mental health. We hope that some of these ideas might help our families who struggle to dedicate time to their own mental well-being.

 

“Put a note pad on the bedside table and if you have trouble falling asleep because ofthe things you need to do the next day, get up and write them down so you won’t forget, that way you can relax and fall asleep.”

Michelle, Keyworker

 

“I try to read for at least 15-20 mins in bed before sleeping, it helps clear the mind.”

Tania, Finance Assistant

 

“I manage daily stress by being aware of my breathing and I try very hard not to react on emotion…I am still learning this skill.”

Cherie, Clinical Nurse

 

“Start a gratitude journal and every day write down three things you are grateful e.g. Audrey ate her yoghurt without any fuss today or a complete stranger smiled at me, or my sister told me I looked good in my new shorts. Just small things that you are grateful for.” 

Michelle, Keyworker

 

“When I am in a lull in life, I listen to my music from a happier time and I instantly feel uplifted and reminded that life will be good again.”

Cherie, Clinical Nurse

 

“I like to get up 10 minutes early in the morning and spend some time with my dog. He is usually pretty sleepy still so I find it very calming to give him a pat and think about how peaceful it all can be.”

Gemma, Speech Language Pathologist

 

“Occasionally buy flowers when you go to the supermarket to brighten up the house and in turn your day.”

Michelle, Keyworker

 

“Find something nice and positive to say to the others in your life every day. It may be as small as ‘you have a lovely warm smile’.”

Michelle, Keyworker

 

“Message old friends with personal jokes. Reminisce. Suggest a catch up soon and push yourself to follow through. 

Tania, Finance Assistant

 

“If I have trouble getting to sleep I use guided meditation to help me relax and forget about the day and all the things I still need to do! There are lots of guided meditations available for free on YouTube.”

Victoria, Marketing

 

“If people offer to assist you with anything take them up on their offer and let them help you.”

Michelle, Keyworker