Lifestyle And Mental Health
Mental health is something that has become more openly talked about in the recent years. Although it can still be more of a taboo subject compared to physical illnesses, it’s still a topic that is being given more attention and importance. And rightfully so.
Nearly one billion people around the world suffer from mental health problems and unfortunately, a large number of those are not able to receive treatment for it. Not everyone has the privilege of going to a professional whenever they choose to because for a lot of people around the world that isn’t even an option. Although I always recommend going to a professional when and if you can, I also understand that’s not possible for everyone and that’s why I like to share such tips because lifestyle changes can really help people suffering from mental health issues.
Personally, I believe that your lifestyle and daily habits do play a role in your mental health and they do tend to effect it either directly or indirectly. Having a healthy lifestyle has been shown to improve ones mental health and can lead to a decrease in symptoms for a number of mental health disorders such as depression.
Whether you are taking medication, going to therapy or trying alternative ways to deal with your mental health, I think it’s a great idea to include some habits in your life that will consequently help improve your mental health. Here are some that have helped me and hopefully will help you too:
Meditation And Yoga
I always add mediation and yoga to these posts of mine because those are two things that have benefited me more than anything. Meditation is a great way to control your mind and learn how to control certain symptoms of mental illnesses. I would highly recommend starting and ending your day with some meditation even if it’s for a few minutes.
Exercise has also been shown to be very beneficial for people with mental health illnesses especially those with illnesses like depression, anxiety and bipolar. I’m not a fan of more difficult exercises and that’s why I always opt for yoga. Yoga is more relaxing and grounding for me. But feel free to exercise in whatever way suits you best. Just make sure you’re doing some sort of physical exercise everyday.
I’ve noticed a big correlation between my mental health and my diet. Whenever I eat healthier and more natural I feel a lot better and of course vice versa. And I’ve heard multiple people tell me that its the same for them. If you are having mental health issues of any kind I would really recommend trying to eat healthier.
Getting Enough Sleep
One thing I have noticed is that when you get enough sleep you just instantly feel a lot better and when you don’t get enough sleep your day just seems to be off. I have experienced this myself and have noticed I feel much more anxious or out of it when I don’t get the right amount of sleep or when I am exhausted.
Getting the right amount of sleep can be wonderful for your mental health.
Self-care is really important for your mental health. I think self-care means different things to different people. For some people self-care can be the bigger things like going to a spa, going to a retreat and more. For some people it can just be taking a nice long bath and having a nap.
No matter what self-care means to you, just go for it. Treat yourself every once in a while because you’re important too.
I realised that I hadn’t written a mental health post in quite a while and usually I share tips for something more specific but today I wanted to share a more general post. I hope these lifestyle changes are helpful to anyone reading this who many be suffering from mental health problems.
What are some habits you have that help with your mental health? Let me know in the comments below.
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