Use the SEEK LIFT acronym as your CBT guide to improving and maintaining your mental health and wellbeing
We all see situations differently from our own point of view and give different meanings. Broaden out your perspective and consider the bigger picture -- The Helicopter View.
Being active lifts our mood, reduces stress and anxiety, improves our physical health, and gives us more energy.
Get outside, preferably in a green space or near water.
Find an activity you enjoy doing, and just do it.
Enjoy: Plan Fun and Creativity
Having fun or being creative helps us feel better and increases confidence.
Encourage rather than criticise yourself. Treat yourself the way you would treat a friend in the same situation.
Look after your Body
Eat healthily and regularly. Start the day with breakfast.
Get into a healthy sleep routine.
Take care of any medication conditions and take any medication as prescribed.
Interact: Connect with Others
Stay or get back in touch with family or friends.
Make time to be with others regularly.
Attend an evening class or join a support group.
Get involved with a community project, charity work, or simply help out someone you know. As well as benefiting others, you'll be doing something worthwhile which will help you feel better about yourself.
Humans need to feel needed and purposeful. Lacking meaning results in dissatisfaction in life, anxiety and low mood, and we might seek some purpose in unhealthy ways.
Finding your meaning and purpose results in living a much more fulfilled life.
To help you find YOUR meaning and purpose, ask yourself:
Every day, aim to do something that fits with your life purpose.
Take Notice: Observe
We spend so much time inside our own heads, stressing about how much we have to do, worrying about future events which will probably never happen, or rumination over past events we wish we'd done differently. We end up feeling stressed, anxious and depressed.
It is good to be able to notice our focus, and choose to move our spotlight of attention outside our heads. NOW!
The environment around you: see, hear, smell, feel.
Our breath: throughout your busy day, make time to just Breathe now and again.
Every evening, notice the positives about your day.
SEEK LIFT: Positive Steps to Wellbeing - PDF
SEEK LIFT: Positive Steps to Wellbeing - Video
Positive Steps to Wellbeing (older version)
Positive Steps to Wellbeing PDF(older version)
BACES: Steps to positive mental health
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