How to Improve Your Mental Health
Maintaining your physical health is important, but your mental health is just as, if not more, important for the sake of your overall psychological well-being. As humans we are exposed to an overwhelming amount of stimulation making us vulnerable to stresses and a consistent feeling that we are not doing enough. However, there is a larger focus on building resilience and living a healthy life than ever before. Since October 10th is World Mental Health Day, we want to highlight a few ways that you can take control of your own mental health to stay happy, healthy and positive!
<h2> It’s Okay To Not Be Okay
The largest part of taking care of yourself is not denying your mental status. If you’re struggling or in a bad place, don’t tell yourself you’re not. Acknowledge your feelings for what they are- it’s the most effective tool you have to determine the best way to tackle whatever it is that’s bringing you down. Own where you’re at and how you’re feeling, it’ll empower you to not be afraid of your feelings and allow you to become stronger in the long run.
<h2> Spin a Negative Into a Positive
Remember, you are your biggest critic. Take a look at the ways that you talk to yourself, and maybe find one or two ways to spin a potentially negative situation into a positive one. If you find yourself in a situation where you’re approaching self doubt, you can always find a way to empower yourself.
For example, instead of saying: “I didn’t make it to the gym today, I’m so lazy.”
Say this: “I didn’t make it to the gym today because I worked overtime. I’ll take tonight to rest, and get back there tomorrow!”
<h2> Remember to Be Grateful
It can be extremely difficult to find something to be grateful for when you are struggling internally, but maintaining a sense of gratitude has been linked to improved mental health. The most effective way to maintain a sense of gratitude is to keep a journal or a daily list. No matter how small, finding even just one thing to be grateful for will help keep your spirits lifted.
Working out doesn’t just help maintain your physical health, it releases mood boosting endorphins that makes it a powerful tool to fight against stress, depression, and anxiety. If going to the gym regularly is hard to fit into your schedule, try looking for small ways to incorporate exercise into your daily routine such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator or taking walks. If possible, try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise collectively throughout the day.
<h2> Take a Break
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or like it’s all just too much- there is absolutely no shame in taking time to step away. Whether that means taking a mental health day off of work, taking a coffee break or taking a deep breath, take the time you need to decompress and be able to take on challenges with a clear head.
Getting enough sleep is pivotal in taking care of your mental health. Sleep deprivation can lead to increased levels of stress, anxiety, moodiness, and a major decrease in productivity. If you notice that you’re having trouble getting enough sleep, try shutting down all screens at least an hour before bed, and if necessary try a natural sleep aid such as melatonin or sleepy-time tea.
<h2> If Necessary, Consult With a Professional
If it’s in your wheelhouse and within your capabilities, seek out a professional that has the ability to give you the proper tools to manage your mental health. A mental health professional is an objective third party that can allow you to be honest and open up about whatever it is that you are struggling with sans any form of judgment. They are not only there to help, but are also obligated to protect your privacy. If you find that opening up to friends or family is difficult, consider finding a professional in your area.
Being healthy is both physical and mental, and one should not be compromised for the sake of the other. Take care of yourself and your needs to ensure that your overall well-being is being nurtured! If you’re looking for resources in your area, check out the Mental Health Resources website for available programs and professionals near you.
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