How are you feeling today? Hopefully, you are happy. However, life is full of ups and downs, and no one can be happy all of the time. It is normal to feel a bit sad, worried or angry sometimes. But if those feelings do not go away, or if they start to affect your daily life, it can be the sign of a problem.
Just like everyone has healthy or unhealthy bodies, we all have mental health too. According to the charity Mind, one in four people in the UK experience mental health problems every year.
This Thursday (10 October) is World Mental Health Day. It was created to raise awareness of those issues, and to teach people how to look after their mental health. Here are three tips for staying mentally healthy:
1. Talk about your problems. Whether you choose a friend or a parent, it is important to talk to about how you feel. You will feel better afterwards!
2. Exercise and eat healthy foods. When your body is healthy, your mind is more likely to be healthy too. Exercise is particularly good at making you feel great.
3. Do things you enjoy. Read your favourite book, play a fun sport, or do some drawing. Doing activities you enjoy is a great way to take your mind off any worries.
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The famous artist Vincent Van Gogh suffered from mental health problems throughout his life. He was often unhappy. However, he managed to make amazing paintings despite his troubles. This video tells the story of his life and work.
- How do you cheer yourself up when you are feeling sad? As a class, take it in turns to offer ideas and suggestions.
- Create a poster for World Mental Health Day which includes some of the advice given above, or from your classmates.