These days, many people focus on their physical health. But few give much attention, if any, to their mental health.
What does mental health refer to? Mental health describes a person’s overall psychological health and well-being. It has much to do with the way you feel about yourself, your ability to manage your emotions, how you deal with challenges and the relationships you nurture.
While most people will experience mental health challenges at some point in their life, those who give no attention to their mental health could experience anxiety and depression. If focusing on mental health is a new topic for you, here are some tips to help you along:
Find Connection with Others
Nothing keeps our mood elevated like the feeling of being connected – truly connected – to other people. While texting and social media have their place, be sure to spend quality face-to-face time with friends and loved ones.
Do things that are Restorative
Are you someone that burns the candle at both ends? Most people are. Good mental health requires you to take time to do things that are restorative for your body and nervous system. Read a good book. Listen to music. Engage in mindfulness practices. Take the time to slow down and be in the moment so your body knows it’s safe to come out of the stress response.
Have you ever noticed when you use food to soothe your emotions, you tend to feel unwell physically and mentally? What we eat impacts our mood, our energy and our overall well being.
Physical activity is as important for your mental health as it is for your physical health. Regular exercise can relieve stress, elevate mood, and even help you get a better night’s sleep.
These are just some of the ways you can ensure your mental health is optimized. You may also want to speak with a licensed mental health therapist who can provide tools and a safe space to work through what’s troubling you.
If you’d like to explore treatment options, please give my office a call.