Mental Health Awareness Month: 6 Ways to Boost Your Mental Wellness
Mental health is just as important as physical health. After all, your brain is responsible for regulating your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. So if you feel unbalanced, it can affect every other aspect of your life. Many factors contribute to our mental health. And there are some simple things we can do to lift our mood and improve our outlook on life. Here are some simple ways you can improve your mental well-being.
1. Balanced lifestyle: make exercise, a healthy diet, seven to eight hours of sleep and a favourable daily routine an essential part of your life. A balanced lifestyle can help reduce stress and anxiety and provide more energy and vitality in your life.
2. Keep a diary: Make morning journaling a part of your routine. You can write down your thoughts, feelings, successes, memories, goals, visions, coping mechanisms or highlights of the day. This helps eliminate unnecessary thoughts, brings clarity, improves mood, and promotes long-term mental health.
3. The power of words: your words have a huge impact on your mental and emotional well-being. Change the words from “I always screw up” to “This did not work out the way I planned; let us see who can help me with this.” Focus on what you would like to create instead of what is missing or what you do not want in your life. Our focus goes in the direction of our words, which significantly affect our emotions and reality.
4. Nurture relationships: Social interactions are critical to mental health, whether you are spending time with family and friends or joining a supportive community. Take time to build and nurture your relationships.
5. Find a creative outlet: Expressing yourself through art, music, writing, dancing, or another creative activity can help relieve stress and anxiety and lift your mood.
6. Take breaks: take small breaks during the day to practise mindfulness, breathing exercises, gratitude, progressive muscle relaxation, meditation or guided imagery. These activities help reduce stress and promote a sense of calm and well-being.
Taking just a few minutes to focus on your mental health can make a big difference in your overall health and well-being. We may feel like we are the only ones going through what we are going through, and that seeking help is a sign of weakness. But the truth is, that mental health problems are more common than we think. One in four adults will be affected by a mental health problem at some point in their lives. And seeking professional help is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, it can be the first step on the road to recovery. Mental health professionals can help us understand our thoughts and feelings, and they can guide and support us through difficult times. If you are struggling with your mental health, do not be afraid to seek professional help.