Robert Haynes (2021, October 14). Practical ways to help you take better care of your mental health. Psychreg on mental health. https://www.psychreg.org/practical-ways-help-you-take-better-care-your-mental-health/
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Most of us follow simple but effective ways to take care of our physical health (without even noticing it). For example, brushing our teeth, giving our bodies proper nutrition, exercising, and scheduling regular health checkups.
There is no doubt that all these measures are necessary if we want to lead a healthy and active life. However, when it comes to our mental health, we don’t take it as seriously as our physical health, and we should change this habit. For this reason, we have compiled a list of practical ideas that will help you take care of your mental health along with your physical health in a more meticulous way.
As we’ve already proven, taking care of our mind and body is crucial. However, it is impossible to do this without taking care of our bodies first. Simple activities like getting a good night’s sleep, choosing an active lifestyle, and providing your body with adequate nutrition have both physical and mental benefits.
When you lead a busy lifestyle, you begin to ignore the physical needs that help you stay active. But this affects not only your physical health but also your mental health. Over time, a simple problem like a chronic headache can turn into a serious health problem. In this case, opting for a health screening can help you find the basic symptoms of an illness that can harm your physical and mental health. Plus, through regular medical exams, you give yourself the benefit of knowledge that improves your chances of living a happier, healthier life. Here are some simple ways you can improve your physical health:
- Get 7-8 hours of sleep every night
- Make sure you eat right (add more fruits and vegetables to your diet)
- Take time for yourself and breathe in the fresh air in the natural environment.
- Not sitting or standing continuously for more than 30 minutes. If possible, use a timer to remind yourself to stretch
Find and create a Care Circle
Humans are built with an innate need to create social bonds with anyone they meet. It doesn’t matter if you’re an introvert or an extrovert. We all need a support network to help us maintain healthy mental health. It is one of the most effective strategies when it comes to taking care of your mental health.
When you trust and rely on someone during a difficult situation, you are asking them to be part of your circle of care. In return, you get mental support from the members of your care circle to overcome a difficult life situation.
Also, please do the same with other members of your care circle and commit to reaching out to them when they are having a hard time. Just knowing that someone is always there for you can make a huge difference in boosting your mental health.
Every aspect of your life depends on how good you feel. In order to feel better about yourself, you must first take care of yourself. You can do this by taking care of your mental and physical health. Ignoring any of them will negatively affect your professional and personal life. So be sure to give yourself the benefit of taking care of the above methods.
Robert Haynes received his degree in Psychology from the University of Hertfordshire. He is interested in mental health and well-being.
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