Five Tips to Improve Mental Health

Let’s face it, life gets really busy sometimes. We have a tendency to get lost in our “to-do” lists and push aside any hope for rest and relaxation. In doing that, we end up neglecting a critical part of ourselves – our mental health.think-about-it-1465185

It’s something we probably don’t really think about – not consciously anyway. Our mental health affects our emotional, psychological and social well-being. It affects our thoughts, feelings and actions and ultimately determines how we will handle stress and make certain choices in our life. When you take care of your mental health, it gives you the ability to live your life to the fullest (and can even make your day-to-day busy lifestyle more enjoyable!)

It’s time to stop stressing and start living: Here are 5 tips to improve your mental health.

Get enough sleep
According to the CDC, a lack of sleep can be associated with a number of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity and depression. Insufficient sleep is also responsible for weakened motor skills, which could lead to more vehicle accidents. Getting enough sleep is critical and a sign of overall good health.

Surround yourself with good people
People who have a strong support network are generally happier and healthier overall. If you don’t have a strong support group in your family, join a club or seek out activities where you can meet new people and develop relationships.

Meditate
Meditation can help eliminate stress and restore a sense of calmness and peace, according to the Mayo Clinic. It can reduce negative emotions and allow you to increase self-awareness. Meditation can also be helpful if you have a medical condition such as anxiety, high blood pressure and difficulty sleeping.

Take time off for yourself
Sometimes we get so lost in our schedule that we forget to step back and take time for ourselves. If you’ve been working on a project for several hours, take an hour to do something you find enjoyable and relaxing, whether it’s watching Netflix, going for a jog or listening to music. Breaking up the monotony of a tedious schedule can perk you up and rejuvenate your mind.

Seek out help
There are many people who feel like they just can’t escape the feeling of being overwhelmed, stressed out or depressed no matter what they do. In these cases, it’s advisable to visit with your doctor and they can refer you to services that may help.

Mindy Lee
Advisor/Marketing Coordinator
WUSBDC

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