10 Ways to Stay Mentally Well

Image Credit: Health.com

Image Credit: Health.com

By Lola G.

When we think about taking care of our health, it usually only pertains to physical body. Too often, a heavy emphasis is placed on physical health, leaving mental health care to be neglected. Emotional well-being is an important defense against anxiety, depression and all types of mental illness.

These are a few ways to take care of your mental health just as much as you do your physical health:

Take Care of Your Physical Health.

When you look good, you feel good. Mental and physical health go hand-in-hand. Exercise provides natural endorphins that help boost your mood and decrease causes of depression and anxiety. Take care of your physical health without neglecting your mental health in the process.

Learn Stress Management Skills. 

High stress levels are associated with the development of mental and physical diseases.  Participate in stress-relieving activities such as taking a warm bath, doing physical activity, meditating, yoga, painting, cooking, listening to music, socializing with friends in a relaxing setting and other activities that relax you body and mind.

Decrease Social Media Use.

Social media plays a big role in self-perception, especially for millennials. Social media can be an atmosphere of competition, hate, and bullying, which leads to feelings of insecurity and low self-esteem. Limiting your intake of social media and media in general relieves you from these feelings, as well as allowing more time to participate in activities that stimulate your mental wellness.

Have A Solid Support System.

Place yourself in a positive environment with positive people. Surrounding yourself with a strong support system is important to keep you motivated and encourage you when you are feeling less than self-sufficient. They will be the ones that help you pull yourself up out of those mental and emotional lows.

Don’t Be Afraid To Seek Help.

In addition to having supportive friends and family, do not be afraid to seek out professional resources. There are many resources available to help prevent, reduce and control mental illness. You can also seek professional health through counseling, help lines, books, support and local support groups.

Limit Drugs and Alcohol Use.

Drugs and alcohol play a major role in controlling your emotions. Stimulants, depressants, or a combination of the two, can alter your emotions and your perception of yourself and others. In addition, drugs and alcohol may be a temporary solution of comfort, but they do not provide an adequate defense against sadness or depression. If you do decide to use legal drugs and legally drink alcohol that’s fine as well just do it safely and in moderation.

Check-In With Yourself.

Allotting time for self-reflection allows you to evaluate your current mental and physical state of well-being, and set goals for yourself. Being alone allows you to be honest when assessing your feelings and needs. Great active methods of self-reflection include meditation, yoga, walking and jogging.

Read.

Invest in a few good books and stimulate your mind through reading. Feed your brain power with literature on your favorite topics, from fiction to self-help. Allowing yourself to indulge in a good read will build your mental strength and leave you feeling well.

Increase Your Productivity.

An increased feeling of productivity is a mental stimulus. Engage in extracurricular activities that increase your productivity and stimulate your mind, such as gardening, joining a book club or exercise group.

Realize Your Self Worth.

The most important factor contributing to your mental health is realizing your self-worth. Learn to appreciate your attributes and qualities (and not just physical). Embrace optimism, feed yourself positivity, and constantly encourage yourself. Being confident in yourself is the best defense against depression and low self-esteem.

Remember that mental health is just as important as physical health. It is important to not only strive for fitness, but for wellness.

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