Your mental health is as important as your physical health, in order to live a happy and balanced life. You must be kind to yourself, respect yourself and avoid criticizing yourself and just be good to yourself. Do things which you love and which you’re good at, can improve your self-esteem. Playing some sport can help you become stronger mentally as sports forces you to focus and concentrate. Dancing, planting a garden, learning a musical instrument can help to keep good mental health. Read on to find out about 12 things you could do to maintain good mental health:
Take good care of yourself physically
Eating healthy meals, avoiding alcohol and cigarettes, exercising, drinking lots of water and getting enough sleep can do wonders for your mental health. Exercising decreases anxiety and depression and improves your mood and getting enough sleep is also helps to decrease depression.
Be among people
People who strong social and family connections are healthier than those who do not have a support system of friends and family. You could build a support system by joining clubs, classes or support groups.
Volunteer your energy and time to help others. You’ll feel better when you’re helpining someone in need and it’s a good way to meet like-minded people.
Keep an a gratitude journal
Write down the at least three things every day for the things you’re grateful for. Being grateful and having a thankful attitude can help you in inculcating a positive attitude which is great for your mental health.
You can’t get away from stress. Stress is present in our lives in some form or the other – it could be job related, relationship related or just day to day things like stress commuting and so on. Discover what stresses you and find out ways to handle it better. Try taking Tai Chi or yoga classes, write a journal, and try to see the humor day to day events. Laughter boosts your immunity, eases pain and reduces stress.
Live in the present
Living in the present rather than focusing on the past or the future will help you enjoy life. Focusing at things at present helps you enjoy life’s moments which would otherwise pass you by.
Balancing life and work
If you spend too much energy and time on one aspect of your life, your work-life balance would be off. You must find ways to balance your personal life with work so that neither suffers, and work out a strategy which would enable you to achieve that.
Take time off to do fun things. Listening to music, attending stand-up comedy shows, catching up on your favorite shows, meeting friends and plan activities with them, read some good books or comic strips are ways to have fun. Use your imagination and find ways to have fun. Going hiking or trekking, being out in nature is also great for mental health.
Set goals you can achieve
Set your academic, professional and personal goals and write down what you need to do, stepwise, to plan how you can achieve your goals. You should aim high but which is realistic and doable. You will enjoy a wonderful sense of self-worth as you get closer to fulfilling your goals.
Getting help is not a sign of weakness but actually is a sign of strength. Asking for professional help takes a lot of courage and it can change your life for the better. People who seek help can set be on the path of recovery and get their lives back on track.
Do some coloring
One of the best ways to relax and take your mind off things is to color for 20 minutes or so. A geometric and complicated pattern may work for you, or just pick something which you would love to color.
Get some sun
Sunshine is very important for your mental health. 15 minutes every day of sunlight is necessary to synthesize vitamin D, which improves your mood and mental health.
Meditation, spending time in nature in the sun, being with people you like, doing thnings you like, taking up new challenges, and staying positive can help you keep good mental health.