Do you have any tips on managing mental health?

RNIB's Counselling and Wellbeing team have produced a series of guides to promote better mental health.

From breathing exercises, tips for sleeping well and building your resilience, you can improve you mental wellbeing by following some simple tips:

  • Breathing - Sight loss can have a significant emotional impact on mental health and wellbeing. Focusing on our breathing can help in all aspects of positive mental health and wellbeing
  • Emotional wellbeing for older people - If you're an older person who is experiencing a change in your vision, you may find our guide on emotional wellbeing helpful
  • Exercise and mental health - Exercise is important for our mental health and wellbeing. It promotes changes in the brain, such as neural growth, reduces inflammation and stimulates new activity patterns that promote feelings of calm and wellbeing
  • Loneliness - Loneliness can affect anyone at any time in their lives, but what we now know is that those dealing with sight loss experience more and more feelings of isolation
  • Mindfulness - Mindfulness can help to manage anxiety, depression and stress related to your sight loss
  • Resilience - Resilience is the skill and the capacity to be robust when facing enormous stress and change
  • Sight loss and the five stages of grief - Individuals who experience sight loss can feel devastated. The adjustment they have to make often means leaving behind a world of independence, to accepting a new reality where asking for help becomes a new norm
  • Sleep - Sight loss can affect a person’s physical and emotional health, including sleep.

You can find the full series of guides on RNIB's Guides to good mental health webpages.

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