Take care of your mental health

A better you in the bush

Anyone can make simple changes that have a huge impact on their mental health and wellbeing. We’ve rounded up a couple of practical ways 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. Making simple changes to how you live doesn’t need to cost a fortune or take up loads of time. Anyone can follow this advice.

Have a chat

Talking is all part of staying in control of your wellbeing and health. If you’re feeling troubled, it’s safe to say you’re not alone. Chatting about how you feeling can help you stay positive and cope with whatever it is that’s going on.

Good grub

No one needs an excuse for a good feed, but you’ll be glad to know science is backing up the need for that morning smoko. There are strong links between what we eat and how we feel. Taking care of your nutrition can help to improve your overall wellbeing.

Keep in touch

The people around you can offer you a sense of inclusion, care, and a well needed laugh. They can also offer different views from whatever is going on in your own head. Keeping in touch with friends and family will keep you grounded and help you with problem solving.


It is hard to get away from it all sometimes, but it’s important to take a break and recharge. No point in trying to run on an empty engine. It might be a 5-minute break from cleaning, a 30-minute sit down lunch break with mates, or a weekend exploring somewhere new. Whatever it is, it can only take a few minutes to help recharge and de-stress.

Footy anyone?

Keeping active releases chemicals in our brains that help us to feel good. Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem and help with concentration, sleep, your physical appearance, and your wellbeing.

Give yourself a fair go

Accept who you are. Some of us are the life of the party, some are good at a hard days work and others are creative cooks in the kitchen. Some of us live our lives the same, and others live it very differently. Try not to compare yourself to others – we’re all different.

Drink sensibly

We often drink to change our mood. Some people drink to deal with fear or loneliness, but the effect is only temporary. A beer with mates is great but make sure it’s all in moderation to keep a check on your wellbeing. 

Reach out

None of us is superhuman. We all sometimes feel tired or overwhelmed. If things are getting too much for you, ask for help. Reaching out is a sign of strength, and there are always confidential options available if you need them.

Enjoy yourself

What do you love doing? What activities can you lose yourself in? Enjoying yourself helps to beat stress and boost your self-esteem. It doesn’t need to be costly or time consuming – just find something you enjoy and put aside a bit of time to do it.

Seek advice

If something‘s on your mind, seek some advice. Financial and business advice is readily accessible and can help you to stay in control of your livelihood, or answer those questions floating around your head. You don’t need to go it alone. 

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