Looking after myself

There are some simple things that you can do to look after your mental health, either by yourself or with other people. Here are CAMHS’ top tips for looking after yourself:

Eat good food

It’s good for your mood! Did you know that your mind is affected by what you eat? Try to eat healthy food and drink plenty of water, to keep your body and brain feeling good!

Keep active

Scientists have discovered that exercise makes you feel good. It can be anything from football, skating or running to yoga and trampolining – whatever you enjoy!

Talk to others

Talk to other people about things that are bothering you and how you are feeling. Children have told us that, although it can be difficult at first, talking with a good friend, family member or a grown-up you trust can really help.

Believe in yourself

Make a list of things that you like about yourself – this could be about your personality, what kind of friend you are, the way you look and things that you can do. If you find it hard to think of ideas, ask yourself “if someone close to me was writing this list about me, what would they say?”. Keep this list and look at it when you’re finding it hard to believe in yourself

Take time to chill out and relax

People find different things help them relax – it could be having a bath, watching a funny film, drawing, reading or going for a walk. Try different things and see what works for you.

Get plenty of sleep

Try to go to bed at a similar time each night and get up at a similar time each morning. Avoid using computers or playing on things like iPads before bed – the light they make can keep your brain awake even after you stop playing!

More tips and ideas

If you are finding it hard to look after your mental health and need some help, talk to a grown-up you trust or call ChildLine on 0800 1111.

Here are some games, videos and info that we found online and thought you might like:

  • Frustrated, annoyed or worried about something? Check out ChildLine’s online graffiti wall! www.childline.org.uk
  • Explore Cam’s Den to learn more about feelings – in this fun activity, rub a crayon to reveal a special message! www.camsden.co.uk
  • Try these audio stories from Cam’s Den, about feelings – www.camsden.co.uk
  • Have a look at CBeebies for an interactive game exploring Tamba’s different emotions at www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies
  • ChildLine have a short video about worries, which can also be called ‘anxiety’, at www.childline.org.uk
  • Beat Bullying have some great tips about staying safe and how to deal with bullying at www.beatbullying.org
  • The sky’s the limit! Play ChildLine’s fun game about not letting sad feelings weigh you down at www.childline.org.uk
  • Make sure you stay safe online – check out the Thinkuknow guide to internet safety at www.thinkuknow.co.uk