• Clare O'Brien


More and more of us are struggling with our mental health. The demands of modern life seem endless. The speed at which we live seems to get faster and faster. Our relationships with family and friends suffer. We then criticise ourselves for our perceived failings.

If the criticism goes unchecked it can become a habit. We put ourselves down without even thinking about it. Some people verbalise these thoughts others keep them to themselves nevertheless the power of these thoughts can be intense.

Many people enter counselling looking for strategies to improve their mental health. This is where we differ. What works for one does not necessarily work for another. Here are some suggestions for activities that can improve mental health.

· Fishing

· Sewing

· Reading

· Walking

· Completing a jigsaw

· Playing a musical instrument

· Rock Climbing

· Travelling

· Going to the gym

· Dancing

· Attending a coffee morning

· Swimming

The thought of going fishing may be your worst nightmare, however you may enjoy playing a musical instrument. The thought of going swimming may send you into a spin however sitting down to do a jigsaw may be more up your street.

It’s important to find what works for you. Maybe it’s about re-connecting with something you enjoyed as a child. Maybe it’s trying something new.

One size does not fit all. It never has and it never will.

When you’re feeling under pressure what activity helps you regain some balance?

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