When you hear people talking about healthy living, it’s easy to focus on the body. But being healthy is not just about having strong muscles and good circulation. Mental health matters too. It can be tough to talk about mental health. But it’s important that we do. If you struggle with stress or anxiety or you’re worried about depression, this guide should prove useful.
Looking after your mind as well as your body
If you’re trying to be healthy, don’t just concentrate your energies on your body. To be healthy, you also need to focus on your mind. Here are some mental health hacks that may prove helpful.
We all have feelings and emotions. Sometimes, it can be difficult to cope with different emotions, and life can get on top of us. It’s always best to be open and try and share your feelings. For some, it’s beneficial to talk to friends or family members. Others prefer to share with people they don’t know, for example, a therapist. If you find it hard to express your feelings through verbal communication, there are other methods. You may find drawing, painting or writing helps you deal with what’s going through your mind, for example. Whatever you do, don’t bottle things up. You can try and soldier on, but things will come to a head.
It’s not until we spend time alone that we realise the importance of having others around us. It’s good to have time to yourself. But don’t become isolated. If you’ve been busy at work, and you haven’t seen friends for weeks, make time. Even a quick lunch or a drink one evening can make a massive difference to your mental health. It’s good to keep in touch with the people you love. If you can’t see each other, take advantage of social media and mobile phones.
Take time off
Many of us work long days, and before you know it, you’re exhausted and run-down. We all need time to chill out from time to time. Make use of holidays at work, and take a break if you’re running on empty. Book a weekend away, or have the afternoon off and go for a Swedish massage. If you’ve been working overtime and it’s starting to take its toll, speak to your boss.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
If you felt unwell, you would probably be fine about seeing a doctor. The same mindset should apply for seeking advice for mental health issues. Are you struggling to cope at work? Are you finding it hard to get up in the mornings? Do you feel worried all the time? Have you been feeling low? There’s no shame in asking for help whether this involves having a chat with you boss or speaking to your doctor. There are treatments and techniques out there that could help to make you feel much better. Often, sharing a problem can give you instant relief.
We all want to be healthy. Many of us realise the importance of eating well and staying hydrated. But spare a thought for your mental well being too.