These days, many people focus on their physical health. But few give as much attention to their mental health.
What does mental health refer to? Mental health describes a person’s overall psychological health and well-being. It has much to do with the way you feel about yourself, your ability to manage your emotions, how you deal with challenges and the relationships you nurture. Another term would be mental wellness.
While most people will experience mental health challenges at some point in their life, those who give no attention to their mental health could experience an increased risk of anxiety and depression. If focusing on mental health/ mental wellness is a new topic for you, here are some tips to help you along:
Nothing keeps our mood elevated like the feeling of being connected – truly connected – to other people. While texting and social media have their place, be sure to spend quality face-to-face time with friends and/ or loved ones.
Make Rest & Relaxation a Priority
Are you someone that burns the candle at both ends? Many Americans are. Good mental health requires you to get enough leisure time so you can rest and contemplate. If you’re guilty of being “too busy,” start scheduling time to relax. That’s right- put it in your calendar.
Have you ever noticed when you eat processed comfort foods, you tend to feel unwell physically and mentally? Too many sugary foods can work against our mental health, think about the sugar crash. That’s why it’s so important to eat wholesome, nutritious foods like grass-fed meats and organic fruits and veggies. Stay hydrated.
Physical activity is as important for your mental health / mental wellness as it is for your physical health. Regular exercise can relieve stress, elevate mood, and even help you get a better night’s sleep. You don’t have to run a marathon, try going for a walk.
These are just some of the ways you can ensure your mental health is optimized. You may also want to speak with a licensed mental health therapist who can provide tools and a safe space to work through what’s troubling you.
If you’d like to explore treatment options, please give my office a call.