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Adults and older people

Positive mental health for adults and older people

There many things we can do to help look after ourselves. Making simple changes to the way we live can go a long way to staying healthy and well.

Life is full of exciting opportunities as well as challenges, risks and change. There are many things we can control and many things we can't. How we deal and manage these situations can affect our emotional and physical wellbeing.  Learning to cope in times of change and challenges can help us enjoy and experience life much better.

Here are our top tips:

Eat well

What we eat can affect not only our bodies but how we feel. Eating too many sugars and fats can change our body shape as well as affecting our teeth. Ensuring you get a healthy balanced diet can help you feel good and look good too. For ideas on healthier cheaper meals for yourself or your family visit:

Stay active

Keeping active can help keep your body and mind in good shape.  Controlling weight, reducing health risks and lifting our mood are just some of the benefits of getting out and about and being more active:

Talk about your feelings

Talking can help us stay on top of things when life gets busy and stressful. Talking with a friend or a family member can help you talk through your thoughts and feelings. There are also people who are able and willing to talk to you when you need a bit of breathing space. These organisations can help you to take stock of your emotions:

Drink sensibly

Alcohol can play a positive part in our lives. It can help us to relax and enjoy ourselves.  However people can get into the habit of drinking often and heavily which can have an impact on both you and people around about you. Watching what you drink and having the facts about sensibly drinking can help you stay safe and well:

Get a good night's sleep

Getting a good night's sleep will help you feel refreshed the next morning and ready for the day ahead. Sleep patterns vary between people and as we get older we tend to require less sleep. Being more active during the day, avoiding naps throughout the day, avoiding heavy meals, caffeine, alcohol and cigarettes in the evenings are just some of the healthy sleeping habits you can adopt to ensure you have a more quality sleep.

Keep in touch and connected

Staying in touch with friends, family, colleagues, neighbours can enrich our lives in many ways. Maintaining healthy relationships and meeting new friends can be rewarding. Getting involved with your local community and trying new things such as a new hobby or volunteering can also help us feel good.

Mental health and money

Managing finances and debt problems as they arise helps us stay on top of things. Ignoring them only makes the situation worse. Dealing with problems as and when they arise can help you feel more in control. If you need support and advice the council has a dedicated money and debt advice service:


For even more information on the way you can improve your positive mental health, visit:


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