More than just diagnosis like PTSD, depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, Mental Health refers to your overall psychological well-being. Little do most of you know that how you feel about yourself, how you manage your feelings, how you treat the people around you, and how you deal with life’s difficulties, all these have an effect on our bodies and our well-being. You see, they even impact some illnesses like cancer, hypertension, and diabetes.
That’s exactly why World Mental Health Day is observed every 10th of October--to create awareness, to inspire everyone to take better care of your mental health, and to fight social stigma. So, because here at CHG, we ultimately care for your physical, emotional and mental well-being, we’re giving you some ideas on how you could easily take steps in improving your mental health without seeking health from a professional:
When it comes to mental health, we can’t stress the word “exercise” more. Your body releases stress-relieving and mood-boosting endorphins before and after you work out, which is why exercise is a powerful antidote to stress, anxiety, and depression. Now if your schedule won’t really allow you to go to the gym regularly, then incorporate more physical activities in your daily routine. Whether that means walking to work, taking the stairs, or doing yard work, doing those will still do your mental health so much good.
When you’re thankful, you’re contented. When you’re contented, you’re happy. And that’s exactly why gratitude has always been clearly linked with improved mental health and overall well-being. If you know you’re guilty of not being appreciative or thankful enough, you can try out some tested and proven methods by keeping a gratitude journal or a daily gratitude jar wherein you write one (or more) things you are thankful for before you end or start your day.
Take Rest Seriously
Sleep is never for the weak; as with rest is never overrated. Always keep in mind that we’re only humans. Learn how to bask in rest and sleep. No matter how busy, demanding, or complicated your life is, always make an effort to pause, rest, and have a good night’s sleep. Be thankful that you have a body that enables you to do all that you need and want--so give it the kind of rest and recharge it truly deserves.
Incorporate Vacay into Daily Life
When submerged in our daily hustle, we often crave for a vacation (who doesn’t?). But more often than not, we just can’t. One of the many reasons why people are stressing that they can’t go on vacation just yet, is for the fact that they are not really enjoying their normal, daily lives. They just simply get by. But that isn’t the key to happiness and a healthy well-being. What we suggest is, whatever it is that you love about being on vacation, incorporate that into your everyday life. Let’s say you love seeing nature, then why don’t you start gardening as a hobby? Infusing more fun in your life could truly make an impact on your mental and emotional health.
Self Love is Key
Taking better care of yourself does not mean vanity, selfishness or narcissistic. Today, self-love is now brought into new light because of its impact on mental and emotional health. What this means is that you love yourself more, that you now will take more time to take care of it. Every so often, get a massage. Treat yourself to the spa. Buy yourself a new outfit. Get a makeover. Invest in skincare products. All these might be ordinary, but believe us, they will definitely help you in keeping a healthy mental and emotional well-being.