Surviving Christmas - your mental health

Publish Date: 22/12/2011

Christmas and the New Year can be a busy and turbulent time, so it’s really important that you try to look after yourself.

Improving your overall sense of wellbeing doesn’t just come down to eating healthily and doing a bit of exercise, it’s much more than that – but where do you even start?

We've put together these handy and easy to follow articles to help you to take some simple steps to help you look after number one.

Mental Health

Everyone has mental health and it needs to be taken care of.

Too much stress, partying and even isolation can have a big impact on how you feel about yourself. Around 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem at any one time, and this is thought to be even higher for lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

Giving your mental health a bit of TLC can help you to feel more emotionally resilient, and it really is as easy as 1,2,3...

  1. Make time to relax and do something you enjoy – even our brains need a bit of ‘down time’
  2. Know where to turn to if you are worried about your mental health – visit your GP, call LGF, talk to a friend. There’s no shame in admitting you’re having a hard time.
  3. Taking regular exercise and eating at least 5 fruit and vegetables a day will give your brain the fuel it needs to work at its best.

Remember, if you'd like more information on how best to look after your mental health you can call 0845 3 30 30 30. The LGF also has a weekly mental health clinic which you can book an appointment for in the New Year.

We're here if you need us.

Can't wait to read the rest of our 'Surviving Christmas' guide? Check out the Xmas 2011 outnorthwest below or in venues across the North West and beyond.

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