Mental Health Awareness Week takes place Monday 13th – Friday 19th of May of this year. The theme this year is based around body image and how it can affect your mental state.

A survey carried out by the Mental Health Foundation this year showed that one in five UK adults have felt shame because of their body image in the last year.

Here is 10 ways to improve YOUR body image!

1.Have a spring clean of your social media apps (including face-tune!)

It can be overwhelming sometimes keeping up to date with all your friends on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Snapchat, Tumblr and WhatsApp! Sometimes just deleting a few apps on your phone can make a real difference – have a declutter tonight and see how you feel.

2. Focus on a hobby that makes you feel great!

Whether it’s horse-riding, swimming, golf or even arts and crafts. Taking 5 minutes out of a hectic day to focus on what really matters to you can take your mind off negative thoughts and make you feel great all round.

3. Try healthy eating

Let’s face it we’ve all been there – we see a photo that makes us feel rubbish about our own body image so what do we do? We grab a chocolate thinking it will fix everything! Wrong.

Chocolate is a great treat every now and then but is only a short-term fix, try swapping the chocolate for fruit and veg and feel the change!

4. Unfollow negative energy

We all follow beautiful people on Instagram but sometimes it can become harmful to our own body image. Don’t be afraid to use that ‘unfollow’ button to get rid of people that you are only going to use to compare yourself with.

5. Say ‘no’ things that make you feel bad

Whether it’s hanging out with fake friends, going to the gym when you’re not feeling up to it or refusing to eat that chocolate bar in the cupboard because you’re ‘trying to stay slim’. Stop it! Body image stems from the way you see yourself

If you feel as though you are unable to reach out to close friends or family, Samaritans are here on the line 24/7. If you are in a bad mental state, don’t suffer in silence as there is always help available!