Keeping well

Anxiety and depression can go on for months, even years, if left untreated. It is important to find the right treatment and determine what works best for you so you can recover and stay well.
Whichever treatment option you decide upon, it is always best to be under the supervision of a GP (General Practitioner, Doctor) or mental health professional. If you have already spoken to your GP or other health professional, there a few other things you might like to try to get your recovery underway.
Just remember, your recovery can take time and no two people are the same, neither are their recoveries.


Taking care of yourself

There are many things you can do manage anxiety and depression and to help you recover. Eating well, exercising regularly, hobbies, getting enough sleep and connecting with friends are all positive changes you can make to support your mental health.

Changing how you think can change how you feel

You can’t always change what has happened in your life but you do have the power to change how you think about it. It is all about learning how to speak to yourself in a helpful way because this can change how you feel.

Thinking in a more helpful and realistic way encourages you to try new things and helps to put things in perspective – no matter what your situation.

Changing the way you think to be more realistic also:

  • helps to calm you down 
  • reminds you that no one is perfect and that no situation is perfect
  • focuses your thinking on the positives of a difficult situation. 

The good news is that there are ways to help you to focus your thoughts on more realistic and helpful thinking.