More and more people are becoming conscious of their mental health and taking steps to ensure to ensure that they are mentally okay. This is great news; but if the number of people attempting to commit suicide and those who have actually succeeded is anything to go by, we still have a long way to go. Just as we exercise and try to eat right in order to ensure we are physically healthy, we also need to do some things to ensure our mental health is in check.
If you are not mentally okay, this can greatly affect your quality of life in so many ways including:
- Strained relationships
- Decreased productivity at work
- Crippling anxiety
- Physical manifestations such as recurrent stomach upsets and headaches
This article explains how you can take care of your mental health.
1. Talk to someone
It is important to have someone to talk to about your feelings, especially if something has been bothering you for a long time. This will help you cope with various challenges in your life. You just need someone to listen to your problems or concerns and not necessarily give you advice.
2. Keep active
Have you ever wondered why you are usually in such good moods after a workout? This is because your brain releases endorphins which help to calm you and cheer you up. They are actually one of the ‘happy’ hormones. Exercising regularly can therefore help relieve stress, boost your confidence, help you sleep better and improve your concentration. All these ultimately lead to improved mental health.
Meditation has been shown to help relax your body and improve your focus. You will therefore be able to compartmentalize and only think about what needs to be dealt with right now. This means that when you are at home, you can forget about what is going on in your work life and enjoy a good laugh with your family, and when you are at work, you are not thinking about your family problems. Stress is often caused by worrying too much about everything, but when you are able to focus on one thing at a time, you are less likely to get stressed.
4. See a psychologist
If you feel like you having a hard time coping with the challenges life throws at you, or you suspect you may have a mental condition, you should make an appointment with a Toowoomba psychologist. Even if it turns out that nothing is wrong, it is better to be safe than sorry. Many people do not see mental illnesses creeping up on them and only seek help when things are totally out of control. The sooner you seek help, the better for you. There is no shame in seeing a shrink. If you can comfortably visit a dentist when you have a tooth ache, then you can comfortably visit a shrink if you think something about your mental health is off.
5. Get enough sleep
Sleep is very important and you need to ensure that you make time for sleep. Everything else can wait. Of what use is it to go so hard only for you to suffer a mental breakdown on the day before your exam or before your big presentation? Get enough sleep!