A Guide to Mental Wellness in Ireland

Our top tips for improving your mental wellbeing

Mental wellness is something we should all strive for. When we feel happy in ourselves, we tend to do better in all aspects of life including work and relationships.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines mental health as a state of mental well-being that enables people to cope with the stresses of life, realise their abilities, learn well and work well, and contribute to their community.

It can be hard to resist the stresses and strains of modern life, which can upset our balance and quickly overwhelm us.

In this article we take a closer look at how to improve mental health and how to reduce anxiety with some simple self-care.

Knowing what’s Chill and what’s not Chill

At Chill, we try to make our customers’ lives easier whether that’s helping you get a quick online insurance quote, or guiding you through the process of making a claim when things go wrong. While we all know life can be stressful, at Chill we are committed to providing insight and support on how to navigate challenges and promote mental well-being. Being bombarded with WhatsApp messages is not Chill – but having a healthy relationship with your phone is, we think, very Chill.

Likewise, comparing yourself to your ex’s new partner is definitely not Chill…but using our website to compare 14 insurers in minutes – well, that’s definitely Chill!

Get out and about

Just 20 to 30 minutes spent in nature each day can significantly improve your mental health and is proven to reduce stress, anxiety and depression. And the best part, it’s free!

  • Hikes or walks in nature are just some of the outdoor activities that are sure to make you feel good. Next time you want to recharge, grab your walking boots and explore one of Ireland’s many national parks and stunning mountain ranges like the Slieve Bloom Mountains in County Laois & County Offaly or the Wicklow Mountains National Park. Try some forest bathing at Avondale Forest Park or your local woodland – Google Maps will help you find the best ones in your area.
  • Ireland’s public parks and gardens are a brilliant place to slow down and unwind. Many are free to visit like Dublin’s Phoenix Park and Altamont Gardens in County Carlow. For a small fee, you can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of a traditional Japanese garden like Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens in Tramore. Good for the soul.
  • An outdoor yoga practice or meditation class can help you feel calmer in daily life. Imagine how amazing it would feel to start your day with beach yoga or a meditation in the woods? Use Eventbrite or Facebook to find groups and events in your area like a Full Moon Meditation in the Dublin Mountains or Killiney Beach Yoga.

Self-care at home

There are many inexpensive ways to make space for self-care at home and create your own sanctuary for quieter moments that will nourish your mental well-being.

  • Mindfulness practices and meditation exercises are simple to perform at home and integrate into your daily life. Browse Spotify for guided meditations and breathing exercises that will help you feel a little more zen.
  • Creative hobbies like knitting, painting, journalling or crafting can be a superb way to relax after a stressful day. If that sounds like too much, just grab a colouring book and your favourite pencils or markers. Did you know colouring mandalas has become a popular self-care hobby and can promote relaxation and inspire creativity?
  • Create a calming space at home that’s free from distractions to indulge in your favourite self-care activities. Fill it with cosy cushions and blankets, a house plant, light a candle and enjoy your own quiet place to retreat from the world and nurture yourself through tougher times.

General tips for maintaining mental wellness in daily life

  • It sounds simple but just eating well, exercising regularly and getting a good night’s sleep can all contribute to our mental well-being and how good we feel about ourselves.
  • Having a few tools in our mental health toolkit can really help manage stress, whether that’s a meditation app, breathing exercises, journalling or indulging in a creative passion like drawing or colouring. Do more of whatever floats your boat.
  • Stay connected with family and friends. Just talking to a good friend can really lift our mood. If that’s not an option, consider talking to a professional who can guide and support you through any difficulties you might be facing.

Irish Mental Health Services

To access Irish mental health services, start by talking to your GP or freephone the HSE information line on 1800 111 888, any time day or night. They can help you find supports and services for your needs.


  • Making time for self-care is not selfish. It’s essential for your mental well-being. When we are well, we do well and everybody benefits.
  • Create healthy boundaries at home and at work, including how you interact with your phone and other gadgets. Know what’s Chill, and what’s definitely not Chill to protect your peace and well-being.
  • Feeling overwhelmed? Take some time out for a walk or run, or grab a colouring book and get lost in the act of doing something creative.
  • Never be afraid to ask for help. There are mental health resources out there to support you through challenging times.

Take care of yourself and we hope you enjoy the benefits of welcoming more well-being into your life.