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Top tips on looking after your mental health

Mental wellbeing

Read top tips from people who work at Bupa on how to be successful and how to look after your mental wellbeing. It's part of our Well Ahead campaign with the Bupa Foundation.

About Bupa and the Bupa Foundation

Bupa’s purpose is helping people live longer, healthier, happier lives. They do this by providing a broad range of healthcare services, support and advice to people throughout their lives.  

The Bupa Foundation are a charity, they run and help fund practical projects to support better mental wellbeing.

Expert tips for future success

  1. Who you are now doesn’t define who you will become. Take this time to grow and explore
  2. If you’re struggling in school, it doesn’t mean you will always struggle. Ask for help
  3. Be open to learning – people and experiences in life will teach you almost as much as you learn in your lessons
  4. Try your best and don’t give up in school. It’s important, because that’s your stepping stone to finding what you’re good at and what makes you happy
  5. When you find that passion, you will see yourself bloom
  6. Don’t be in hurry to grow up. Enjoy these years and learn from them
  7. Print more photographs. They’re windows to the past
  8. Play a sport – it’s a great way to make friends when you’re older
  9. Focus on you and the people that bring you jo
  10. Read as much as you can
  11. Be kind to yourself and to others.

Expert tips for looking after your mental wellbeing

  1. Go for a walk every day and make mental notes of things around you - this will help you be in the moment and lift your spirits
  2. Take a breath.  Sit on your bed, sofa, or floor and take a long and deep breath. Regardless of how you are feeling, what’s going on in your life, or what may happen tomorrow remember you are doing great
  3. Remember that you are not alone.  There are plenty of resources out there to help you or try to speak to your family or friends.
  4. Set yourself bitesize goals each day to work towards. Breakdown your day so it has some structure and make sure you take regular breaks
  5. As a teenager you have far more control over your learning than you imagine and this can be achieved in a variety of ways. Aside from traditional school learning, why not try learning a different skill each week? You could bake a cake, go on a hike in your local area with an Ordnance Survey Map (hardcopy!) or spend an afternoon learning how to create a website.