Start with some simple lifestyle changes
- Talk with a friend or family member and harness their immense wisdom
- Do some serious breathing (not that casual breathing you do every day) – https://au.reachout.com/tools-and-apps/reachout-breathe
- Realise your inner Buddha and meditate – https://www.headspace.com/, https://smilingmind.com.au/
- Reconnect with things you used to enjoy doing, but might have given up in recent times (e.g. sports, social activities, martial arts, coin collecting)
- Do some exercise – jog, run, bike ride, walk, gardening, nude yoga (leave the curtains shut please)
- Become your own psychologist and try one of these mood monitoring and modification apps – http://www.mindgauge.org.au/#/, http://moodmission.com/
- Tidy up your diet – The best ones? The DASH and the MIND diets. The worst ones? The grapefruit diet and that one that is all bacon.
- Get enough sleep – how much? – find out here – https://www.sleephealthfoundation.org.au/
Lifestyle changes not quite cutting it?
- Have a chat to a professional
- Speak to your GP
- Book an appointment with one of our Flinders University GPs (http://www.flinders.edu.au/current-students/healthandcounselling/health.cfm) – 8201 2118
- Have a chat to one of our Flinders University counsellors (http://www.flinders.edu.au/current-students/healthandcounselling/counsel.cfm) – 8201 2118 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Need to talk to someone immediately?
- Mental health triage – 13 14 65
- beyondblue – phone and online chat services 24/7 – 1300 22 4636 – https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/get-immediate-support
- Lifeline – phone and online chat services 24/7 – 13 11 14 – https://www.lifeline.org.au/
- eHeadspace (for those of you under 25) – phone and online chat services – 1800 650 890 – https://eheadspace.org.au/
Love to ignore advice and just Google it yourself?
At least consider starting with these resources
- https://www.mindhealthconnect.org.au/ – a gateway to lots of mental health and wellbeing resources
- http://www.emhprac.org.au/services/ – an updated list of the best quality (predominantly Australia) mental health websites and mobile phone apps