Taking Care of your mental health is one of the most important parts of keeping fit and healthy. Taking care of your body also means taking care of our minds as our bodies and minds are connected. Mental Health is more than the absence of a mental illness, so it is essential to our overall health and quality of life.
When it comes to mental health, self-care is the most important aspect as it helps reduce stress, lower any risk of illness and increase your energy as small acts of self-care in our daily lives can have a huge impact.
Therefore, try these tips to maintain healthy mental health:
Value Yourself: Avoid self-criticism, and treat yourself well. Get involved in your favourite hobby and project, or look for new opportunities. Try doing a crossword puzzle daily, planting a garden, taking dance lessons, learning an instrument, or practicing another language.
Self Care: Take care of yourself and your body by doing t regular exercise like taking a walk for about thirty minutes daily to help boost your energy, mood and health. Small amounts of exercise add up, so try doing it and do not be discouraged.
Also, eat healthy, regular meals and stay hydrated. A balanced diet and plenty of water can improve your energy and focus throughout the day with limited caffeinated beverages such as soft drinks or coffee.
Make Sleep A Priority: Stick to a schedule, and make sure you’re getting enough sleep. You can reduce blue light exposure from your phone and computer before bedtime to make it easier to fall asleep.
Try a relaxing activity. Explore relaxation or wellness programs or apps, which may incorporate meditation, muscle relaxation, or breathing exercises. Schedule regular times for these and other healthy activities you enjoy such as journaling.
Set Goals and Priorities: Prioritize what must be done and what can wait. Whenever you feel like you are taking on too many tasks, learn to say “no.” Keep in mind what you have accomplished at the end of the day, not what you have not been able to accomplish.
Practice Gratitude: Remind yourself daily of things you are grateful for. Be specific. Write them down in your journal, or replay them in your mind. Focus on positivity by Identifying and challenging your negative and unhelpful thoughts and lastly stay connected with friends and family members who can provide emotional support and practical help.
Published on HOLR Magazine.