9 ways to look after your mental health from the ReachOut site
Bearing in mind that the state of your mental health isn’t fixed, it can be good or it can be poor, it’s important to know ways to look after it. Here are some things anyone can try to help mind their mental health.
There are many advantages to exercising. It helps increase energy levels, use up excess energy and can improve sleep patterns and fitness. It also helps to manage stress and anger and can boost your confidence – all positive for your mental health.
Having a balanced diet can help with energy levels, weight control and self-esteem. It’s easy to fall into bad habits, but is important to try and eat well and cut out junk food.
It’s very easy to overlook making time for yourself with the hectic pace of life we all lead. But it’s essential for your mental health that you find ways to take time out and relax. We all have different things we find relaxing; what we do isn’t as important as actually doing it.
Sleep is crucial to our physical and mental health. It re-energises us, helps our bodies to heal and keeps our memory working properly. There are many things you can do to improve your quality of sleep including exercise, avoiding stimulants and implementing a daily routine or bed-time.
Mindfulness is about learning to focus your attention on the present moment. Not worrying unduly about past or future problems can be hugely beneficial to your physical and mental health. It can steady the breath, heart-rate, and improve the immune system and can help to deal with anxiety and depression.
Training the inner-voice in our head can be difficult, but worth-while. It’s important to learn not to talk to yourself in a negative or destructive way, such as thinking in black and white or constantly comparing yourself to others.
Setting realistic goals, prioritising what’s important, and balancing our time can help in the management of our mental health. It gives us perspective on things and enables us to deal with problems more effectively.
Work on your self-esteem
Improving our self-esteem might seem like a constant battle, but it’s necessary in order to manage our mental health. Challenging negative thinking, accepting yourself and not comparing yourself to others will help to develop your self-confidence.
Sometimes sharing things with friends and family can help you through and tough time, by helping you get some perspective. Not only that, but staying connected and being social, anything from going to the movies or meeting people for a coffee, goes a long way to looking after your mental health.