Mental health & wellbeing

Having good mental health means feeling positive about yourself and being able to cope with everyday pressure.

It is important to take time to invest in your mental health and wellbeing:

  • Try to maintain good social networks, keep in touch with family and friends who can support you in times of stress. Having someone to talk to can help you to cope better.
  • Religious beliefs and spirituality can be a great source of comfort and support to many people
  • Continue to take time to pursue hobbies and interests and importantly keep doing the things that you know you are good at. We all get enormous self satisfaction when we do things well and are praised for our efforts
  • Research suggests that caring for others including pets is beneficial to our health
  • Being involved in the community as a volunteer doing things such as calling in on elderly neighbours who may not be able to get out can give a sense of purpose and satisfaction
  • Keep learning – learn or do something new, even if it is only trying out a new recipe. Continue to exercise your brain, reading, doing crosswords and keeping abreast of current affairs keeps your mind healthy and active

Boost your mood

Everyone feels sad from time to time and our moods are constantly changing, this is normal.  However if you feel in low spirits for several weeks you should think about contacting your GP for advice. Getting help is a sign of wisdom not weakness and is not wasting your GP’s time.

There are many ways to boost your mood and get more enjoyment out of life. 

  • Eat well – have a varied and balanced diet. There are some studies that suggest depression is linked to a low intake of fish (particularly oily fish which is high in omega 3 fatty acids).
  • Keep as active as possible – hormones called endorphins are released when we exercise and these energise and lift our mood.
  • Use alcohol sensibly – alcohol can be a depressant
  • Try to get enough sleep and rest. Most people need 7 -8 hours each night.

There are many community organisations in your area, older people's support groups, church groups and luncheon clubs, that can help boost your mental health and wellbeing.

Please refer to our older people support section for further information on advice and support groups.

Page last updated:04 February 2013