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What is a healthy mind?

Your mind is like any other part of your body, it's important you look after it and keep it healthy.

However knowing how to keep a healthy mind might not be as obvious as doing the same for the rest of your body, how can you archive a healthy mind, it's simple If you make sure you:

  • Eat well
  • Get enough sleep
  • Do regular exercise
  • Surround yourself with good quality relationships
  • Surround yourself with people you can be honest with

Why do I feel like this?

Sometimes the reason our mood is negatively affected is obvious,there might be something going on at home, an argument with a friend, or perhaps you’re faced with exams. But other times it’s hard to make sense of the way we’re feeling, or why we’re feeling a certain way,and that’s all perfectly normal.

“It’s important to remember that you’re going through an awful lot of changes. Your body is changing, your life is changing, perhaps you feel stressed about school,there’s lots of different circumstances you’ve got to adjust to as well as hormonal changes. 

How do I know if my mental health is suffering?

If you're not sure, ask yourself the following questions. If you answer yes to one or more, you might need to speak to someone you trust about what’s happening:

  • Am I finding it hard to sleep?
  • Am I sleeping more than normal?
  • Have I gone off my food?
  • Am I eating more than normal?
  • Am I feeling sad?
  • Am I feeling snappy
  • Do I keep crying for no reason?

Take control

If you’re feeling like you’re starting to struggle with your mental health, it’s really important that you talk to someone about the way you’re feeling. As a school we are here fo you and are relentless in making sure we do every thing we can you support you. 

A good night's sleep

At the end of each day, it’s important to get a good night’s sleep. We underestimate the power of sleep, but sleeping for the right amount of time, and in the right way, can make all the difference to how you're feeling.

Try this bedtime routine for a week and see if you start to notice the difference:

TWO HOURS BEFORE BED Start to unwind, do something nice and relaxing like having a bath.

ONE HOUR BEFORE BED Switch off the screens. The lights from phones, TVs, laptops and tablets has been proven to have a negative effect on the quality of sleep, so turn them off a good hour before you shut your eyes.

HALF AN HOUR BEFORE BED Read a book or listen to some soothing music. You’ll often find that slowing right down in this way has a positive effect on the way you fall to sleep.

Where to find support

If you’re feeling like your mental health is deteriorating, we strongly advise having a chat with your GP or health professional as they can put you in contact with the right people who can help. You can also visit Young Minds for more information about mental health and how to get support, or the NHS.