• 7 Tips on How to Take Care of Your Mental Health

    by Caroline Ryther
    on Nov 8th, 2018

“Mental health is just as important as your physical health.”

Talking openly about mental illness and therapy is finally becoming less taboo, and people all over the world are beginning to recognize the importance of self-care and mental health. However, when it comes to keeping our promise to ourselves and actually taking better care of our minds, we seem to come up short.

And while there’s an abundance of self-care tactics available to us, not everyone has the time—or money—to spend on something (e.g. horse therapy or a wellness retreat) that might or might not help them relax and improve their mental health.

With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of seven practical ways that will not only help you look after your mental wellbeing, but also allow you to start doing so as soon as today.

1. Talk about your feelings—Telling someone how you feel isn’t a sign of weakness. It represents you taking charge of your health and doing everything you can to stay mentally well. Just being listened to can help you cope with your problems better, while the person listening to you might even give you a valuable piece of advice regarding your troubles.

2. Stay activeRegular exercise can truly do wonders for your mental health. It can boost your self-esteem, help you sleep more soundly, concentrate, and overall feel better. Exercising doesn’t necessarily mean going to the gym after work. A walk in the park or housework can keep you active, too.

3. Eat well-balanced meals—Studies have proven over and over again that what we eat is directly linked to how we feel, so the next time you’re eating something healthy, remember that it’s going to affect both your physical and mental health. A great diet would include a variety of vegetables and fruits, oily fish (omega 3 fats!), nuts and seeds, plenty of water, and whole grains.

4. Socialize with friends and family—Supportive friends and strong family ties can truly help you deal with the stresses of everyday life, which is why it’s incredibly important to stay in touch with people that matter to you. Give them a call, send a message, or chat them up online to see how they’re doing, and never stop working on those relationships.

5. Take a break—Give yourself permission to take a “mental health day” when you begin feeling you might need one (you’ll know it when/if the time comes). There is nothing selfish about this, especially if you’re not as productive as you’d like to be and a lot less fun to be around than normally. Rest and recharge, and give your body and mind time to catch up.

6. Do something you’re good at—It’s a known fact that by doing something that we really love and are good at can help us feel better in an instant. Take a moment to think about a hobby that allows you to enjoy yourself completely. Is it gardening or playing an instrument? Does cooking relax you? Whatever it is, don’t forsake it, as it can be really good for you.

7. Accept yourself for who you are—We’re all different and the worst thing we can do is compare ourselves to others and put ourselves down by wishing we were someone else. So, be proud of who you are, recognize and accept that you’re not good at something, but also remember what you are good at and use that to boost your self-esteem.

Got any more questions on how you should best take care of your mental health? Dr. Best and the Neuroscience Center are here to help you, and provide you with the best possible solutions regarding your problems.

Schedule a consultation:

Phone: 847-306-8938

Email: pm@mind.md

Author Caroline Ryther

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