This #WorldMentalHealthDay we revisit: 5 tips for good mental health

Getting older can be both exciting and overwhelming. The older you get, the more responsibility you have to deal with, and this can make you feel stressed out. You may find yourself in situations that push your mental health to its limits but there are ways for you to cope with these issues.

We caught up with Jan Willem Poot, of Yes We Can Youth Clinics, to give us a few  tips:

Get active

Getting fresh air and being active outdoors is a great way of managing stress. Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem and help you concentrate, sleep, look and feel better.


Make sure you get enough sleep and establish a regular sleep routine. If the body and mind doesn’t get the rest it needs, daily challenges can appear more stressful. 

Practice mindfulness

It is important to stay balanced and take time to switch off from whatever is making you feel stressed out and pressurised. Take five minutes every day to pause and reflect, close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing. Having a change of scenery and taking a step away, can really give a sense of direction and perspective.

Put your phone down

Millions of us worldwide own a smartphone and staring at a screen for hours on end is normal in today’s society. Many teens turn to social media as a form of therapy if they’ve had a bad day, but this behaviour can be a sign of addiction. The dangers of overuse are catastrophic; like loneliness and depression, a lack of caring, distraction and sleep issues. Try giving yourself screen-free periods, turn off notifications or download an app that monitors your phone usage.

Speak out

Talking freely about your emotions can help you stay in good mental health and if you feel your worries are spiralling out of control, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Statistics from the World Health Organisation have revealed that 75% of mental health problems are established before the age of 24.

Yes We Can Youth Clinics specialise in treating young people (13-25 years old) with complex behavioural disorders, addictions and related behavioural problems. For more information visit

Health, LifeWeb editor