Self-Care Tips for Managing Mental Health
Article By: Marie Miguel
Article By: Marie Miguel
It is important to take care of yourself both physically and mentally. Physical and mental health are intertwined so taking care of both is crucial to overall wellbeing. There are some things that you can do yourself to help improve your mental health.
Self-care is not affective for all mental health issues and sometimes it is important to speak with a mental health professional. However, self-care can help to improve upon the effectiveness of therapy.
Physical health is important for mental health, so it is important that you live a healthy lifestyle and take care of your body. Try to eat healthy meals three times each day. A balanced diet full of vitamins and other nutrients can help you improve your cognitive function and mental health.
You also need to exercise regularly. Exercise can provide us with fantastic mental health benefits. It can reduce symptoms associated with anxiety and depression, relieve stress, improve memory, improve sleep, and boost mood.
Sleep is also extremely important. Poor sleep can contribute to a plethora of mental health problems. Furthermore, poor mental health can also contribute to poor sleep and an unhealthy cycle can occur. Try to get quality, restful sleep every night including weekends. Generally, that means that you should get 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night.
You need to do things that you thoroughly enjoy regularly. This could be as simple as taking a half hour before bed to read books that you like or finding a new hobby to tackle. Creative hobbies can be especially beneficial so you can try your hand at painting, music, knitting, or any other activity that is fun and creative.
Also, doing crossword puzzles has been shown to ward off cognitive decline. However, it may not have to be crossword puzzles. Just find something that stimulates your mind and do it regularly.
It is important for your mental health that you socialize. Having a support system and positive relationships can do a lot for your wellbeing. Even when you have a busy schedule, you should try to spend some face-to-face time with your friends, family, and neighbours. If you cannot find to actually see your friends in-person, then you should at least reach out using text, social media, phone, or video calls.
A lack of social interaction can make a person feel isolated. If you feel like you need to grow your social connections, then you can try joining a volunteer group, a club, or take a class in a subject that you are interested in. These are great ways to meet people who share similar interests, and those relationships can grow gradually over time.
It is important that you have regular relaxation time. Some people like to listen to calming music or take long warm baths. Others like to take walks or read books. Whatever makes you relax and destress, be sure to do it often.
You can also try mindfulness meditation. This is a technique that allows you to live in the moment and be aware of your thought process. Just take a few minutes out of every day to concentrate on your slow breathing. Let your thoughts pass without judging them. Do this for 3 to 5 minutes or more every day.
Some people find that they like to relax or practice mindfulness outside. This can be beneficial because nature can be therapeutic. You can go for a hike, work in the garden, or pick flowers to relax and benefit from the natural environment.
Avoid Bad Habits
Doing positive, healthy things can go a long way towards improving your mental health. However, avoiding bad habits can help as well. Caffeine and other stimulants can worsen symptoms associated with anxiety. Alcohol and drugs can negatively impact mental health as well.
Instead, try the different healthy coping techniques explained in this article. You can try to use different relaxation techniques or start a new hobby. You should also try to eat healthy, exercise regularly, get enough sleep, and socialize often. Doing these types of things may take some time, but they are sure to have a positive influence on your wellbeing.