Lots of things affect how we feel. Wellbeing can be thought of as how well you are mentally and physically, and how you feel about life. It includes your sense of happiness, enjoyment, purpose, meaning and fulfilment in life.
1Your physical and mental health are connected
2Looking after your wellbeing can help you to have as few seizures as possible
3Smoking, drinking alcohol, too much caffeine and taking drugs can all make stress and anxiety worse
4What you eat and drink can affect how you feel
5If you are finding things difficult in your life, they may not all be because you have epilepsy
- Try to eat well
- Be as active as you can. Being active improves mood, strength, balance, fitness and concentration
- Work out what helps you feel good. Then try to make these things happen
- Talk to people who understand epilepsy. This could be other young people with epilepsy, your epilepsy nurse or the people on the Epilepsy Action Helpline
- Look for ways to stay connected to people (join groups, do courses, volunteer)
- Don’t keep things bottled up inside. Find people who you can talk to
- Check out the page of positivity – you can share a favourite quote, photo or story
- Check out ways to connect with others and the help and support available from Epilepsy Action
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Do something #1
Over the next week, try one of the tips above.
Being grateful has been shown to improve overall wellbeing. Thinking about the good things in your life or things you are thankful for creates positive feelings which contribute to an overall feeling of wellbeing.
One simple way of doing this is to keep a gratitude journal. Towards the end of every day, think about things you are grateful for.
The benefits of keeping a gratitude journal can be immediate, but the benefits increase if you do it regularly.
Do something #2
Think about 5 things you are grateful for in the past week. Jot them down in a notebook, on your phone or in a gratitude app. How did it make you feel? Why not try this for a week and see if it increases your feelings of wellbeing.