Thursday, May 21, 2020

What You Should Know About Protecting Your Mental Health

Good mental health is something we should all focus on. You may not experience any mental health issues right now, but if you don’t take care of it, then you may experience them eventually. Struggling with your mental health can feel like the end of the world, which is why protecting it is so important. 

Here’s what you should know about protecting your mental health: 

Get Plenty Of Sleep
Sleep is going to be your number one most important thing. Lack of sleep can cause anxiety, changes in appetite, and more. Many people find that when they are low on sleep they struggle more with their mind than normal.

Everybody is different, but in general, you should aim for 8 hours a night. Don’t get any less than 6 hours, and try to get your body into a good routine by going to bed at the same time each night and getting up at the same time each morning. 

Fuel Your Body Right 
The things you put into your body have a big impact on your energy levels and how you feel - which can influence how you think. Fuel your body with healthy, balanced meals. You don’t need to eat ‘clean’, but make smart decisions and pay attention to how you feel after eating the foods you eat. 

Get Help If You Need It 
Everybody needs help sometimes. If you’re struggling, even if you don’t think it’s a big deal, see if there’s somebody you can talk to about it. If you’re struggling with mental health due to a change in lifestyle, perhaps due to an injury, you may want to look at questions to ask a personal injury lawyer. They will able to put a case together for you and take a weight off your shoulders. 

Avoid Bad Habits
Things like alcohol, smoking, and drugs only make you feel better in the short term. Long term use can lead to an unhealthy body and mind. 

Get Outside Every Day 
We all need sunshine, so get outside and take in the fresh air. If you feel down during winter, consider buying a SAD lamp for darker winter days.  

Get To Know Your Stress Triggers 
Perhaps work stresses you out, or a particular person. Become aware of your stress triggers and figure out what you can do. Could you take on less work? Spend less time with the person that grates on you? 

When you know your stress triggers you can figure out how to reduce them and feel better. 

You Need To Spend Time Doing Things You Enjoy
Make sure you make a little time each day for the things you enjoy. It could be painting, reading, or making model airplanes. Whatever it is, prioritize it! 

Exercise is Crucial 
Many people say they don’t like exercise, but you just can’t beat the feeling you get afterwards. It doesn’t have to be sweaty: a bit of yoga or a short walk can have great benefits. See if you can schedule it for the morning to enjoy the benefits for the rest of the day. 

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