Taking care of your mental health provides some great health benefits and improve your outlook towards life.
Mental health affects the way we think, feel, and behave in daily life. We all need good mental health to be able to cope with stress, overcome challenges, and recover from life’s setbacks and hardships. It also enables us to form and maintain healthy relationships with others.
Mental health is often mistakenly associated with mental health conditions like depression, anxiety conditions and others. The fact that someone is not experiencing one of those conditions doesn’t necessarily mean that their mental health is flourishing.
Likewise, it is possible for someone to have a mental health condition while feeling well in many aspects of life. After all, having good mental health makes you feel good and generally satisfied with your life. Below are a few practical ways to look after your mental health. Making simple changes of life doesn’t cost a fortune or take up loads of time.
#1. Filter What You See and Listen To
Technology like our mobile devices enable us to access to vast information every minute, every day. However, too much information can be overwhelming. We should filter what we see and listen to especially on social media. Don’t feel bad to unfollow people or pages that irrelevant or gives you negative feelings, whether it is unnecessary pressure or any mixed feelings.
People react to different information different. Messages that are meant to motivating for some people might be demotivating for some others. Pay attention to your emotions and how to react to different information.
#2. Stay Active
Exercise might not be your favorite thing to do. However, regular exercise can boost your self-esteem, and help you concentrate, eat, sleep and feel better. Exercise keeps your brain healthy too which brings significant benefit to your mental health. Exercise doesn’t necessarily mean hitting the gym or doing sports. Choose something that you like to start with instead of blindly following others advice. Walks in the park, gardening, housework, playing with your kids keeps you active too. Try to make physical activities part of the day you enjoy every day. Don’t forget to have fun!
#3. Stop Glorifying Being Busy and Get Enough Rest
We all have things to do, goals to achieve and places to go. But listen to your body and, give yourself time to sleep if you feel tired. Without good sleep, our mental health suffers, and our concentration goes downhill. Things get worse when we start having negative thoughts and emotions. Good sleep doesn’t mean lots of sleep but the right kind of sleep.
Pay attention to factors that affect the quality of your sleep. Be mindful of presence of gadgets and electronics, such as computers, smart phones, tablets, and TV. The backlit “blue light” emitted from screens suppresses melatonin production – the hormone that helps you sleep. Even though the amount of sleep that each person needs is different, it is recommended that a