IT’S that time of year again – State of Mind is taking over Super League in Round 25 once again, and what better time to remind yourself of the 10 ways to look after your own mental health.It’s important to take care of yourself and get the most from life. Mental health is about the way you think and feel and your ability to deal with ups and downs. We’ve put together 10 practical ways to look after your mental health.Making simple changes to how you live doesn’t need to cost a fortune or take up loads of time, but it can make a big difference.Talk About Your FeelingsTalking about your feelings can help you stay in good mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled. Talking about your feelings isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s part of taking charge of your wellbeing and doing what you can to stay healthy.Eat WellThere are strong links between what we eat and how we feel – for example, caffeine and sugar can have an immediate effect. But food can also have a long-lasting effect on your mental health.Keep In TouchFriends and family can make you feel included and cared for. They can offer different views from whatever’s going on inside your own head. They can help keep you active, keep you grounded and help you solve practical problems.Take A BreakA change of scene or a change of pace is good for your mental health. It could be a five-minute pause from cleaning your kitchen, a half-hour lunch break at work or a weekend exploring somewhere new. A few minutes can be enough to de-stress you.Accept Who You AreSome of us make people laugh, some are good at maths, others cook fantastic meals. Some of us share our lifestyle with the people who live close to us, others live very differently. We’re all different.Keep ActiveExperts believe exercise releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good. Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem and help you concentrate, sleep, look and feel better. Exercise also keeps the brain and your other vital organs healthy.Drink SensiblyWe often drink alcohol to change our mood. Some people drink to deal with fear or loneliness, but the effect is only temporary.Ask For HelpNone of us are superhuman. We all sometimes get tired or overwhelmed by how we feel or when things go wrong. If things are getting too much for you and you feel you can’t cope, ask for help.Do Something You’re Good AtWhat do you love doing? What activities can you lose yourself in? What did you love doing in the past? Enjoying yourself helps beat stress. Doing an activity you enjoy probably means you’re good at it and achieving something boosts your self-esteem.Care For OthersCaring for others is often an important part of keeping up relationships with people close to you. It can even bring you closer together.Keep an eye out for the State of Mind marquee at Super League games this weekend.For more information, visit www.stateofmindrugby.com or follow @SOMRugbyLeague on Twitter
SAINTS first team were presented with their Grand Final shirts today by legend Tom Van Vollenhoven.The former winger, who holds the try scoring record for the club, gave the Grand Final side and other members of the squad their jerseys in a special private player gathering this afternoon.After a speech from Chairman Eamonn McManus, the Flying Springbok addressed the players, imploring them to give their all on Saturday at Old Trafford.He also asked them to enjoy the occasion.Pictured is Tom presenting a shirt to Saints Captain Paul Wellens and fellow wingman Tommy Makinson.
Despite strong interest from the NRL Saints have secured the signature of their star winger until the end of the 2022 season.Makinson had a remarkable 2018 season winning the League Leaders Shield and the prestigious Golden Boot award for his performances for England.The announcement falls on the eve of what will be Tommy’s 200th Saints appearance in the season opener vs. Wigan Warriors, Thursday evening.In his 199 appearances to date he has scored 108 tries and added another 108 goals.His match winning try in the 2014 Grand Final at Old Trafford and his length of the field stunner at the 2017 Magic Weekend are just two highlights from some of the incredible four-pointers he has scored for the Club.Saints Chairman Eamonn McManus said, “It’s further great news for St Helens and for Super League that Tommy has committed himself to us for four years.Tommy has been underestimated outside of St Helens for too many years. That was firmly put to bed with his recent stand out performances for England against the Kiwis.He has chosen St Helens and Super League despite very attractive offers from the NRL. It’s therefore a real statement of his faith in St Helens and in Super League that he has decided to extend his contract with us.He’s a world class winger and it’s wonderful that he aims to see out his career with his boyhood club”Head Coach Justin Holbrook added “This is huge news for everyone involved with St Helens to have Tommy sign for four years. He’s a fantastic player, what you see on the field is exactly what we see every day in training.I’m very happy for him to get the rewards he got at the end of last year with the recognition of winning the Golden Boot and being named in the Dream Team, very well deserved. He is extremely hard working, and is a pleasure to coach.”You can watch Tommy’s message to the fans here.A big thank you to Tommy’s player sponsor – Beaufort Financial.