Because we hang out with our own bodies and minds all the time, we tend to take them for granted and forget how amazing they are. And while humans are pretty complex and capable of all sorts of incredible things, looking after ourselves boils down to some simple principles.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet; getting enough sleep; being physically active; being social – taking care of these basics helps us be as physically and, in turn, as mentally healthy as we can be.
You can help your children and young people establish healthy habits that they’ll – hopefully – carry throughout their lives. The best thing you can do is to set an example and make living healthily a positive, enjoyable choice – rather than something to be endured.
If you’re not sure where to start, we’ve put together some tips to help you.
“I found a change in life style and setting goals was a very productive exercise in helping me to recover as it allowed me to focus on positives in my life.” Andrew, 18
“A strong support network of both friends and adults who I trusted who were positive influences was one of the most important things to my recovery.” Andrew, 18