Mental ill-health isn’t uncommon in today’s times where people do multitasking and stress themselves to a large extent to keep up with the fast lifestyle, competition at work, higher standard of living etc. People with mental ill health are at a higher risk for some unhealthy behaviour. They may find it challenging to make healthy choices personally and manage stress effectively while at work. The lifestyle including the eating habits, working hours, exercise patterns, sleeping hours, recreational activities, social relationships and more can have a significant impact on how one feels and function, and how well his mind and body sync. A healthier lifestyle can pay enormous dividends by reducing stress and improving the physical health, both of which can improve one’s mental health as well. Mental health improvement can be achieved through a variety of approaches. If you are one who is finding it difficult to make peace with your mind or mental health, this post will help you find ways to take care of your health, which can help you to feel better and prevent or manage your mental health symptoms.
Care for Yourself
Taking good care of yourself is paramount for a healthy body and mind. Taking care of all aspects of you will increase the likelihood that you stay well. Some ways to self-care may include maintaining a healthy lifestyle, eating healthy food, getting enough sleep, exercising regularly and managing stress. Maintaining good hygiene is also important for social, medical and psychological reasons as it not only reduces the risk of illness, but improves the way others view you and how you view yourself. Make sure to include activities that you enjoy in your everyday routine. This could be taking out time to watch your favourite TV show, working in the garden, reading etc. Also, find ways to relax.
Create Joy and Satisfaction
Living with a mental ill-health can be tough emotionally, physically, and mentally. It is said that good feelings can boost your ability to deal with stress, solve problems, think flexibly and even fight disease. Taking care of your body emotionally, physically, and mentally through creating joy and satisfaction is an important part of living with or without a mental health condition. Start your day with laughter. It promotes muscle relaxation, and can reduce anxiety. Also starting you day with positive emotions or thoughts can decrease stress hormones and build emotional strength. If you have had a bad o hectic day at work, go for a massage that can relieve muscle tension, stimulate the body’s natural painkillers and boost your immune system. You can also watch or listen to comedy with friends or family. Do something you loved to do as a kid. Take a cycle ride, hang from the monkey bars or make a mess while indulging in DIY (do it yourself) activities. So that when you hit the bed at night, you feel content and satisfied to put the day to good use.
Connect with Dear Ones
Spending time with people you care about and trust can ease stress, help your mood and improve the way you feel overall. They may be family members, close friends, people who you are absolutely comfortable with. Loneliness often leads to keeping things inside affecting your health and mind. And connecting doesn’t always mean you have to discuss problems. It can be as simple as taking a walk with your partner in the morning, catching up with teenage buddies over a cup of coffee to revisit the memories you have left behind or simply cooking something special with your mom. All this will help you evoke the happiness from inside and will leave you less stressed.