Tips & Tricks To Take Care of Your Mental Health
"What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candour, and more unashamed conversation."
Do you feel clueless, anxious, worried all the time? Do you find it hard to express what you are experiencing? Do you feel depressed and lonely even after being on top of your game?
These are some pertinent concerns surrounding mental health. Undermined as one of the illnesses, today's mental health issues have taken center stage. It is mainly due to the current pandemic -where living a purposeful, happy, and healthy life has changed drastically.
The emotions are all over the top – Living in isolation, no contact with the outside world, no clue what the future holds, and an increased concern surrounding the health of the loved ones are taking a toll on mental health.
Hence it has become imperative to take care of mental health more than ever. There are plenty of things that you can incorporate to keep yourself mentally healthy.
Wisdom Words: Acceptance of the illness fastens the recovery process.
Take a cue from the tips and tricks mentioned below, help yourself or anyone you know who might be in dire need of help to overcome mental health issues.
Mental Health Tips
- Start A Conversation
Speak about the problem you are facing. Talk it out with a friend, confidante, family member, therapist, or anyone, but please make sure to let it all out. Holding back any terrible memory or experience may trigger it later, so start talking about it without feeling ashamed of anything.
- Sound Sleep
Sleep carefree without worry, like a child. Get a good 8 hours of sleep as it is vital for physical and mental health. It flushes out the toxins and reenergizes the brain by regulating the chemicals that transfer information. These chemicals help control and manage our emotions and moods. Lack of sleep results in mental health issues resulting in depression or anxiousness.
- Be Sociable
Living in digital times has its advantage. If ever feeling lonely, try to connect with friends, peers, family using the social media platforms like WhatsApp, Messenger, chats, texts, or simply video call them. This kind of communication is best for self-esteem, building confidence, and having an emotional support system when facing hard times. So, stay alive at the moment, connect with others as often as possible.
- Eat Healthily
Your health is in your hands and depends a whole lot on the kind of food you eat. Hence always try to take a well-balanced and nutritious diet to ensure good physical and mental health.
Have a sumptuous bowl of colorful fruit and vegetable as a salad. These veggies contain antioxidants and vitamins essential for physical health and mood-boosting benefits due to the color therapy that each possesses.
People who are more prone to stress and anxiety levels should avoid Caffeine.
It would help if you also looked out for Vitamin B12 and iron deficiencies in your diet that might be making you anxious and lowering your mood. Combat these mental health problems, including the mineral-rich food rich in your meal.
- Soak the Sunlight
It is recommended to bask in the sun (natural source of Vitamin D) for quite a while to let the body absorb Vitamin D. This vitamin is essential for your body and brain to function well. It helps the brain release crucial chemicals, namely endorphin and serotonin, that alleviate the mood while making bones strong.
Isn't sitting and getting plenty of sunlight naturally rewarding?
- Stay Active
Physical exercise keeps the body in shape. It also recharges the brain's chemicals, thereby filling you with a sense of achievement and uplifting your mood. The trick here is to make yourself busy, take you out of the boredom and engage in some activity.
You could go for a short walk, cycle around the home, indulge in yoga, or the same basic exercise to eliminate stress, anxiety, laziness, and low mood.
Practice it and see how wonderfully it helps you to manage your mental health.
- No To Negativity
Negativity could be anything that harms either your body or mind. So, look out for those things, people, news, or food that may be corrupting your mental and physical health. Start with quitting smoking, alcohol, and drugs (if you are an avid consumer) as they make you vulnerable to anger, stress, depression, anxiousness, concentration problems, lowers your memory and increases withdrawal symptoms. Please stay away from cunning mean people as they manipulate your emotions and moods according to their whims. Take a break from such people, avoid them at all costs. Do not hear bad, depressing news as it may further lower your mood.
- Do Something You Like
Engage in fun things or hobbies you enjoy, which were left out somewhere in the past due to the pressing tasks and responsibilities of today. Be friends with music, art, painting if that is what you enjoyed the most. Spend time with nature, take up gardening, or any productive, fulfilling hobby to keep yourself in a cheerful mood without any irritation and unhappiness.
Life is a gift that must not be wasted fretting over petty things. But if anything bugs you or troubles you - always know that you are not alone. You can always talk about your mental health concerns - all you need is to accept, ask and resolve.
Remember: It is essential to stay physically fit and mentally healthy.
With these simple yet effective tips, make sure to keep yourself and your loved ones mentally healthy and in a better space.