You don’t have to make major changes to improve your emotional wellbeing. On World Mental Health Day (10 October), just take one small step! Doing something little can make a big difference…

1. Get moving

That means walking up and down the stairs, around the garden, or down the street.

2. Feed your mind and your body

There is a big link between the foods you eat and your mood. With the right foods, you can avoid mood swings which can ruin your day. Try eating meals today that include more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes.

3. Green is good

It doesn’t matter if its under a blue sky or a grey sky, the great outdoors beckons and will do wonders for your mood.  Find a green space.

4. Boogie on down

You can high kick in the kitchen. You can boogie in the bathroom. A quick bop can help to relieve stress – you know you want to.

5. Night night

Don’t forget, going to bed and getting up at the same time every day can help you establish a better sleep routine.  Take time to make a plan to improve your sleep.

6. Put away your phone

It’s way too easy to spend too much time looking at your phone while real life passes you by. Engage with the people who care about you.

7. Sqwark! Squeal! Sing!

In the bath or in your car (if you think it may harm others), singing is a fantastic stress buster.  Many choirs welcome newcomers with open arms, whether you can hold a tune or not.

8. Call a friend

Talking things through can really help to put worries into perspective.  Taking 20 minutes out of your schedule to call a friend can make all the difference and, if you can take time to meet up for coffee, all the better.

9. Try something new

Even if its just walking a different way home or trying a new food, do something that takes you out of your comfort zone – it might even inspire a new adventure.

10. Take a break from the news

Have a whole day without it. The world will still be there tomorrow.

11. Find a furry friend

Time with animals lowers the stress hormone – cortisol, and boosts oxytocin – which stimulates feelings of happiness. If you don’t have a pet, hang out with a friend who does.

12. Have a laugh

Watch that comedy you love or phone that friend who has you in fits.

If you’re struggling

Developing new habits takes time, so don’t try to do everything at once.  If you or someone you know is struggling, take a look at the mental health support across East Sussex. There are mental health resources available for adults and young people and designated support for those from LGBTQIA+ community (including young people and their loved ones).