January comes around and many people focus on their physical health. But January is a great time to give attention to 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 difficulties with anxiety and depression. If focusing on mental health is a new topic for you, here are some tips to help you along:
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 other people, especially friends and loved ones.
Make R&R a Priority
Are you someone that burns the candle at both ends? Most people are. Good mental health requires you to get enough leisure time so you can rest and reset. If you’re guilty of being “too busy,” start spending more time relaxing.
Have you ever noticed when you eat processed comfort foods, you tend to feel unwell physically and mentally? Sugary foods are bad for our mental health. That’s why it’s so important to eat nutritious foods that give back to our physical health and nourish our mental health.
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. Stay active also means continue doing other enjoyable activities such as hobbies, meet-ups and volunteering.
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.