Five ways to look after your mental health this February

Money and mental health struggles often come as a package. When finances are difficult, our mental health can take a hit, and vice versa: poor mental health can lead to difficulty managing money. As millions of us continue to face challenges when it comes to money, it’s so important that we take steps to look after ourselves and prioritise mental wellbeing.

Talk it out

  • When it comes to our finances, we too often feel we must face the problem alone. Many people feel too ashamed or embarrassed to seek help but find that when they finally reach out, things start to change! If you’re struggling with money, open up to someone you trust, or get free help from an organisation like Christians Against Poverty (CAP). You can find out about all the services we offer at capuk.org/help.

Write it down

  • Our emotions can easily build up and become too much to bear. Putting your thoughts down on paper can help you process how you’re feeling and provide a healthy outlet for anger, frustration, grief and lots of other emotions.

Sweat it off

  • According to the NHS, physical exercise causes chemical changes in the brain that help to improve our mood. However, you don’t need an expensive gym membership or pricey equipment to do this – walking, running and playing games in the park are all great ways to get a bit more active (and they’re free!)

Cook it up

  • The food we eat affects not only our physical health, but our mental wellbeing too.  Planning your meals before you head to the shop can help you choose healthier options and cut down on non-essential costs, bringing a little peace of mind. Christians Against Poverty (CAP) provides local groups in communities like yours with lots more guidance on shopping and cooking healthily on a budget. Find out more at capuk.org/help.

Know it well

  • Whatever emotions you’re feeling, it’s important to know that they are valid and worth taking seriously. You can honour this by taking the time to get to know your emotions better, learning about what causes you to feel a certain way and why. This might include speaking to a trustworthy source such as Samaritans (call 116123) or SHOUT (text 85258), or asking yourself GP about counselling.

Christians Against Poverty (CAP) is a UK charity working with over 800 affiliated churches to deliver debt help, budgeting guidance, support to find work, life skills education and more. Visit capuk.org to find out more.

(Source: Christians Against Poverty)

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