Looking after your mental health should be considered a top priority for everyone. This doesn’t require spending extra funds or time, but it’s the little changes or adjustments you can make to help you live a balanced life.
You asked why do I need to look after my mental health?. Well, I’m glad you ask.
First, let’s look at the benefit of looking after your mental health in the next paragraph.
So, keep reading !.
The Benefits Of Looking After Your Mental Health.
- You are in a better position to cope with a stressful situation when your mental health is stable.
- Stable mental health allows you to enjoy your life, your environment and the people around you.
- You have the ability to develop new skills, creativity will peak, and it easier for you to take a new challenge.
- By looking after your mental health, you have a lower risk of developing mental illness.
- You are more productive with work and happier.
I know you may have heard a lot about looking after your mental health, and you have read about the benefits of doing it.
Prioritise and start today!!!!
In the next paragraph, i will discuss ways you can look after your mental health.
Ways To Look After Your Mental Health
Your mental wellness affects all aspect of your life. So, looking after yourself, it’s essential. Having an understanding of ways to maintain your well being can`t be overemphasized. Hence, I discussed in my post 6 ways to maintain better mental health and wellbeing.
There are few ways you can look after mental health which includes good sleep, adequate nutrition, exercise, managing stress, support from friend and family.
Sleep is important to help refresh our body. Having good sleep is an indication of good mental health. So, schedule breaks to rest your mind and body. Having enough rest will help with your creativity, engagement in your day to day activity and increased energy levels.
If you are having a problem sleeping, there are ways to manage this and promote good sleep.
Practising Sleep hygiene
This means doing those things that will improve and maintain your sleep.
- Having a regular routine for when sleep and wake up.
- Not using the bedroom for workspace and only for sleep, relaxing and dressing up.
- Reducing screen time before bed.
- Not exercising close to bedtime.
- Have regular exercise.
- Use muscle relaxation.
- Avoid alcohol, caffeine, smoke.
Consult your doctor
Speak to your doctor, who may prescribe medication to help you with your sleep problems.
Keep a sleep diary
Keeping a sleep diary can be helpful. This will help you understand your sleep pattern and habits. It will also help your doctor/professionals have a clearer picture of your sleep problem and treatment.
Alternative sleep therapy
Alternative sleep theraphy can also help with your sleep problem. Speak to your doctor before commencing any treatment.
Below is list of alternative sleep aids
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Look After Your Mental Health Through Exercise
Being active is great for your physical health and mental well being. Remember, our mind and body are connected but neglecting your body can impact your mental health.
Exercise doesn’t require you attending GYM but little walks, taking stairs instead of lifts, getting off the bus stop before your stop—cycling instead of driving. If you do a job that requires sitting, do take short breaks to move around.
Evidence shows there’s a link between being physically active and good mental health.
Being active doesn’t mean you need to spend hours in the gym if that doesn’t appeal to you.
Find any physical activities you enjoy and think about fitting more of them into your daily life.
Benefits of exercise for your mental health
Regular exercise will help reduce stress and symptoms of your mental health conditions such as mild depression and anxiety.
Exercise can improve your sleep problems for those with mental health conditions.
Exercise makes you feel better, even if you’re feeling alright.
It helps to alleviate feeling of isolation and helps you socialise.
You will lose weight which is good for your self-esteem.
Having adequate nutrition improves your mental health. You ask how ?
A healthy diet makes your brain sharper, alleviates your mood and boosts your energy levels. Etc.
There is evidence that there is a link between certain diets and their impact on mental health. Research says that a rich diet in olive oil and greens can enhance symptoms of anxiety and depression, and A poor diet can make symptoms of depression and anxiety worse.
Benefits of good nutrition in managing your mental health.
- Elevate mood and mental well-being
- Gives the body the ability to fight diseases
- Reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety
- Reduces high cholesterol
- The body has the ability to recover from illness
- Reduces the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke etc.
Stress Management In Mental Health
Stress is something we cannot avoid, but understanding what causes you stress is essential to devise a way of coping well with it.
I have written a post on how to cope better with stress. So, click on the link to read it.
Manage your stress by listing them and work through the list. do remember to take breaks when it gets too much.
Support From Friend And Family.
Supportive friends and family can be a lifesaver in this age where people don’t live in the same country or state. Communicating with them and occasionally meeting does help. I know it’s not everyone that has a supportive family.
Engaging in social activities would allow you to make friends. If you struggle with doing this, try different places that you are comfortable to interact with people.
Sharing your life challenges with others can be liberating, and there is an opportunity for support to be offered.
I hope you have learnt a thing or two about why and how you can look after your mental health.
Tell me in the comment section, what you do that helps your mental health.
Disclaimer: The post’s content is my views and opinions solely and may not be associated with professional capacity. Speak to your doctor and care provider for advice and support.
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