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Guides to good mental health

The RNIB Counselling and Wellbeing team have produced a series of guides to promote better mental health. From breathing exercises, tips for sleeping well and building your resilience, you can improve you mental wellbeing by following some simple tips.


Sight loss can have a significant emotional impact on mental health and wellbeing. Focusing on our breathing can help in all aspects of positive mental health and wellbeing. Find out how focusing on breathing can help with good mental health.

Emotional wellbeing for older people

If you're an older person who is experiencing a change in your vision, you may find our guide on emotional wellbeing helpful. Read more on emotional wellbeing and good mental health.

Exercise and mental health

Exercise is important for our mental health and wellbeing. It promotes changes in the brain, such as neural growth, reduces inflammation and stimulates new activity patterns that promote feelings of calm and wellbeing. Find out more about exercise and good mental health.


Loneliness can affect anyone at any time in their lives, but what we now know is that those dealing with sight loss experience more and more feelings of isolation. Read our guide on managing loneliness and good mental health.


Mindfulness can help to manage anxiety, depression and stress related to your sight loss. Discover how mindfulness can help with good mental health.


Resilience is the skill and the capacity to be robust when facing enormous stress and change. Find out how to build your resilience for good mental health.

Sight loss and the five stages of grief

Individuals who experience sight loss can feel devastated. The adjustment they have to make often means leaving behind a world of independence, to accepting a new reality where asking for help becomes a new norm. Read more about the five stages of grief and how to get through them.


Sight loss can affect a person’s physical and emotional health, including sleep. Find out how to manage sleep difficulties and improve your mental health.