Improving Your Mental Health In 2022
As important as physical health is, it’s important to take care of your mental health as well. Being mentally healthy is very important for you well-being. In 2022, make sure you don’t just focus all your energy on your physical wellness but on your mental wellness too. I know that there is still a lot of stigma surrounding mental health (which is absolutely ridiculous because mental wellness is a necessity for a good life) but there is also a lot more awareness about it now. More people are looking into how they can improve their mental health and I think that’s really amazing. That’s why I thought I would share some tips on how you can improve your mental health this year:
Yoga and Meditation
As someone who suffers from anxiety and depression, I can’t stress enough how much both meditation and yoga have helped me over the years. Meditation and yoga are both wonderful for your brain and can really help you better control your thoughts and emotions over time. Yoga is also a great way to get your dopamine to kick in. I will add however that since meditation and yoga only work if you do it long-term. Like most natural methods of bettering mental health it takes a while for these to work since they try to re-train your brain (I love that it rhymes). If you do stick with it you will definitely see positive results over time. Even a couple of minutes a day can make a big difference. Yoga is also a great way to get some physical activity in everyday. If you’re like me and don’t really love working out (or most forms of physical activity really…) but still want to be active than yoga may be perfect for you. It’s way more relaxed than working out especially if you do the easier poses. If you feel like trying more difficult ones in the future definitely go for it and if not that’s okay too.
This is particularly for people who are prone to stress, anxiety and panic attacks. Breathing techniques can really help you calm your nerves and relax in stressful situations. There are multiple breathing techniques you can use and most people try most of them out until they find one that works best for them. Personally, the 4-2-4 method works really well for me but it definitely depends on the individual.
I would recommend therapy to everyone even if you don’t have a mental illness and even if you aren’t going through anything at the moment. Sometimes it’s just about letting your emotions out, having someone to talk to and working through past trauma. It can be really helpful to have a safe space and someone who you can open up to in a way you may not be able to do with people you know personally. Even if you just go once or twice a month, it can really help you better your mental health and honestly just better yourself as a person. In case you are not comfortable talking to someone in person you can always consult with professionals online as well. There are multiple sites that offer online therapy so just know that is an option too.
Lifestyle changes can definitely help improve your mental health. I don’t know about you guys but personally I’ve noticed that when I take care of myself and live a health lifestyle I feel much better both physically and mentally. For example, when I get 8 hours of sleep and eat healthier I always feel better mentally and I feel much energetic. However, when I don’t get enough sleep or I don’t eat as well as I should I sort of feel down and don’t really feel great mentally. If you’re used to sleeping later or not eating very healthy, changing these habits may help you feel better in the long run. If you don’t know how to change these habits you can always consult a trainer, nutritionist or life couch. They can help you make these changes in a healthy way. I have also found that a plant based diet has helped me a lot too. I feel less drowsy and have a lot more energy. I know this diet isn’t for everyone but adding more plants to your diet may help so I always recommend giving it a try.
I think self-care is really important especially with everything that has happened over the last two years or so. The pandemic really effected a lot of people’s mental health negatively and not everyone has been able to fully recover from the trauma it may have caused them. That’s why it’s important to take someone time out every few weeks and check in on yourself. See how you are feeling both physically and mentally. Consider whether you could be better or if anything is bothering you. It’s also important to treat yourself occasionally and do something that makes you happy. It doesn’t even have to be expensive and can actually be completely free. I’ve talked about this before but personally I like to do art on free apps and this really helps me relax. You can also take a long bath, watch something you enjoy or get some food from that place you’ve always wanted to try. Or you can do my favourite thing in the entire world- absolutely nothing. It’s probably been a while since you’ve been able to sit down and do nothing and I feel like it’s the perfect way to relax. Personally, I think when it comes to self-care it’s all about the little things.
I hope you found those helpful and I hope you are able to implement at least a couple of them. How do you plan on bettering your mental health in 2022? What are some things that help you with your mental health? Let me know in the comments below because I would love to hear your answers.
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