Your mental health is critical to all aspects of your life, from physical health to work and social interactions. High levels of stress, too much social media, loneliness, and lack of physical exercise can negatively affect your mental health.
However, just like there are ways to improve your physical health, you can also improve your mental health. Implementing small changes can offer a significant impact.
Prioritize Your Overall Health
When you lack enough sleep, have poor nutrition, or have a sedentary lifestyle, it affects your physical and mental health. Start improving your mental health by making an effort to care for yourself. For example, you can:
- Aim to get a minimum of seven hours of sleep nightly
- Ensure you’re eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily
- Find an activity you enjoy, and exercise for 20-30 minutes daily
These simple additions can drastically improve the way you feel physically and mentally.
Quality face-to-face time can boost your mood, reduce stress, and energize you. Schedule time to catch up with those you love being around.
Helping others can help you. Finding purpose through volunteering and helping your community can lift you up by making you feel helpful, enriching your life, and caring for others. It’s a rewarding way to find new meaning in life.
Practice Meditation and Mindfulness
Research shows that taking a few minutes each day to meditate, practice deep breathing or relaxation exercises or clear your mind can reduce depression almost as effectively as anti-depressants.
Meditation can lower blood pressure, relax your central nervous system, and relieve anxiety and pain.
Seek Help from a Professional
Sometimes problems seem insurmountable. The help of a licensed professional can put your concerns into perspective and offer new approaches to problem-solving. In addition, seeking assistance from a counselor or therapist can give you the tools you need to restore your mental health.
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