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Fact sheet

Looking after yourself

A large part of what makes up our mental heath is our ability to deal with the challenges life throws at us. Confidence helps us deal with such challenges. If a person is confident then he/she believes in his/her abilities and can be hopeful about the future. They can be hopeful of achieving their own goals, of trying new things and of learning. Being confident also means the individual is more likely to feel comfortable with his/her self and believe that he/she has something worthwhile to give.

Mixing with other people and so forming relationships, takes confidence. An area of great importance to mental health and wellbeing is the ability to socialise with others and be around other people. Having confidence allows people to do this; it is an essential part of building relationships. The more confident a person is the stronger, healthier relationships they will be able to build with others.

For more information on building confidence, click on the following links:

What is a Confident Young Person? (110 KB)
Improving Young Carers Beliefs in their Own Abilities (116 KB)
Optimism and How to Promote It (111 KB)
Building Self Esteem (109 KB)

Identifying and dealing with our emotions is also a vital area of understanding mental health. Emotions affect us all differently. Some people have very strong reactions to certain emotions and others do not. Understanding how your emotions affect you enables you to plan strategies for coping more positively with situations.
The activities in this section have been designed to help young carers look at various aspects of their emotions and life. The section is divided into:

Activities to promote confidence
Dealing with emotions
Dealing with Stress
Wellness Tools

Go through each section and choose the activities which best suit your needs. They have not been put in a particular order and can be mixed and matched to suit requirements.