These are our best tips for improving your mental health and wellbeing:
Therapy is a great way to manage your mental health, as you’ll have access to a trained psychologist who can help reduce any negative thoughts and change how you approach situations. Speaking to someone is so important, especially someone who can give you the tools to take positive steps for your mental health.
Alcohol causes chemical changes in your brain that can transform into negative feelings, like sadness, anger, anxiety, and depression. If you notice feeling down after drinking, swap your favourite brand of gin for a non-alcoholic version, or a can of soft drink. There are so many alternatives these days, you can enjoy the taste of alcohol without the negative, and potentially damaging, side effects!
Set an alarm on your phone to practise mindful meditation every day. This will hugely impact on your state of mind. But what is mindful meditation? It can be as simple as stretching your body and completing breathing exercises. And it’s effective because it gives your mind a break from the potential chaos that enters your everyday life. There are great, free apps out there you can use to help with this, such as Mind and Headspace.
With green space seemingly having a big impact on our mental health, proven by our findings, your next break should be somewhere filled with parks, lakes or even forestry!
Vitamin D does wonders for the immune system and introduces happy hormones to our body. For this reason, it’s important to ensure your Vitamin D levels are high enough.
Travel to a sunny country – which could even be one of our best mental health countries. Alternatively, take vitamin D supplements to keep your brain happy.
The mind can get carried away with the now, and prevent us from planning for the future. But mental health worsens when you’ve not taken a break. So whether you want a weekend away in Sydney, a flight over to New Zealand or just a day off doing nothing, make sure you allow time to do that. Sit down and make a list of the places you want to go and check your calendar for your availability.
Exercising every day helps your mental health. But this does not mean you need to go on a run – take slow walks on your lunch break or go swimming as an alternative. Do everything at your own pace and enjoy the benefits that come with it.
This dataset ranked 25 countries, based on how good they are for mental health support. To do this, six different factors were used. Once the data for the factors was collected, the factors were then normalised, to provide each factor with a score between 0 and 1. If data was not available, a score of 0 was given. The normalised values were then summed, to give each location a total score out of six. The countries were then ranked from highest to lowest, based on their total scores.
The factors used are as follows:
The factors were indexed as follows:
All data is correct as of 02/10/23. The ranking data shown is a compilation of multiple data sources and may not be representative of real life. All data is accurate with regard to the sources provided. A conversion rate of 1.56 AUD = 1 USD was used to convert between AUD and USD.