Eight Ways To Look After Your Mental Health

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Whether you have a family history, have experience bouts of depression or anxiety, or have a nagging doubt that something is a little off, it is essential for you to take care of your mental health. 

Let’s have a look at ten ways you can do this below: 

Taking Care Of Yourself 

It is essential for you to take good care of your physical health, this is because it can have an impact on your mind too. Eating the right diet and drinking plenty of water can also help to keep your energy level where it should be, and minimizing alcohol and junk food can benefit you in several areas. 

Exercising 

Our mood is affected by the chemicals in our body, therefore, even gentle exercise can help to release ‘happy hormones’. These help us to look and feel better as well as increasing sleep quality and concentration levels. 

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Sleep And Rest 

Our bodies heal best when we are sleeping, and our mind switches off much easier when it is well-rested. This means that we should take some time each day to go for a walk or to meditate, or spend some time on one of your interests as Linda Pawlik Picardo does. Something to take you away from your normal chores.  

Being Mindful

Thinking about the past and constantly worrying about the future can be a drain on your energy levels. Being mindful is about being in the moment, it may take a while to learn it, but it can be powerful once you can. 

Get Involved In Activities 

Being involved in activities as part of a group of people can be extremely uplifting. Give some time and attention to the other people in a professional, personal or voluntary role in the group. It will make you feel better about yourself as well as limit the feeling of being isolated. 

Always Be Kind To Yourself 

You need to be aware of your critical voice, and be kind to yourself. When you are feeling down or anxious, you may hear that voice telling you negative things about yourself. Although it may be hard not to listen, if you are aware of it, you are better prepared to counteract the thoughts. Just remember you can make the choice to be different. 

Be Social 

Although Covid-19 has made it more difficult to be social, it’s important for us as a human being to socialize for your mental health. Surrounding yourself with positive people who you know you can count on is sometimes all the comfort you need. 

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Accept Help If You Need It

Regardless of how hard you try to be healthy and empathetic in your life, there is always going to be a time when you need help. Always accept help from your friends or family when you need it the most. 

Although it can sometimes be difficult to recognize that you need help with your mental health, looking after it at all times can help you to recognize when you may need extra support, and there is nothing wrong with this. 

 

What do you do to make sure you are taking care of your mental health? Please share them in the comments below. 

 

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