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3 tips for maintaining positive mental health

Updated: Apr 17

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Today is World Mental Health Day and the theme this year is 'make mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority'. Mental health problems don't discriminate and can affect anyone at any time in their life.


At Schoen Clinic Chelsea, our specialists are committed to raising awareness and improving the lives of those affected by mental health problems all year round.


For World Mental Health Day this year, Consultant Psychiatrist and leading London mental health specialist, Dr Tara Tofiq shares some simple strategies you can implement into your daily routine to improve your mental health and wellbeing.


"In the spirit of World Mental Health Day here are my three mental health and wellbeing tips.


Number 1: It’s good to talk. Studies have shown that sharing our feelings, emotions and thoughts with others does wonders for our wellbeing. It’s so important to find someone you can confide in, whether that be a mental health professional or simply a friend or family member you can open up to. Finding someone you can trust to talk to pays dividends."


Schoen Clinic Chelsea offers a variety of trusted therapies, approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), which includes talking therapies. Based in the heart of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, patients are welcomed into a discreet and contemporary clinic and have access to some of the best mental health specialists in London, for mental health therapy, counselling and treatment for children teens and adults, including eating disorders.


Dr Tofiq also has a keen interest in treating adults with eating disorders. She has a great understanding of the link between physical health and mental health and highlights the importance of balancing the two.


"Number 2: The mind and body are connected. Of course, we know that but we often forget to take good care of ourselves in terms of nutrition and exercise. Whether you’re working from home or in the office, the importance of very basic things such as getting enough sunlight and fresh air often get forgotten when we get caught up in the rush of our busy modern lives."


Ensuring you nurture both your body and mind can go leaps and bounds towards maintaining positive mental health. But it's not just nutrition and exercise that can assist in helping to improve your daily mental health. Connections with the world around you play a key part too.


Dr Tofiq regularly sees patients from high-pressure roles experiencing burnout from work and people going through difficult times in relationships. The two are often connected as stress from the workplace can seep into personal life and cause conflict within relationships. Adjusting to change or new ways of living can present obstacles for many people, so helping those with adjustment disorders (including life transitions, major life events, divorce, parenting, chronic medical conditions etc) to build connections can assist in grounding individuals who might otherwise find it difficult to cope.


"Number 3: Foster connections. We often think of connection as connection with others, but connecting with yourself, your job and your community is often overlooked, again as a result of our busy lives. It’s so important that everything you connect yourself to is working for you and not against you and brings a sense of balance and wholeness to your life.


Happy World Mental Health Day!”



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Dr Tara Tofiq is a top private Consultant Psychiatrist in London treating adults with eating disorders and anxiety and mood disorders. She supports a person-centred strategy in addition to a personalised treatment plan. While a diagnosis can be helpful in designing a treatment plan, each patient has specific requirements, preferences, and circumstances that are taken into account when developing a personalised therapy plan to aid the patient in their recovery process.


Dr Tofiq offers fast private appointments at Schoen Clinic Chelsea.


Access world-class mental healthcare at one of London’s top private mental health clinics, with assessments in as little as 24 hours and leading experts. Contact us today.


At Schoen Clinic Chelsea, we want you to feel like yourself again.


We welcome both privately insured and self-funding patients at Schoen Clinic Chelsea. Get in touch with our caring team today by phone on 0203 146 2300, or send an email to che-privateenquiries@schoen-clinic.co.uk

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