Our mental health is just as important as our physical health and if you want to take care of your mind you will also have to take care of your body. Here are a few things to consider for your overall well being.
Exercise – This is very important for your health on so many levels and you should make sure that you get in at least 15 minutes a day at the very least. Exercise boosts our moods, and is said to affect our brain and our hormones in a positive manner. This definitely promotes better mental health. Start out walking if nothing else and do this for 15-20 minutes a day. You will feel so much better getting out in the fresh air and moving around.
Sleep – We all have gone without sleep at one time or another in our life and have experienced that feeling of exhaustion, sleepiness, maybe even feeling ill. Going without enough rest each day can increase your risk of depression and anxiety. If there is to much noise maybe earplugs will help you drown out the noise. I like to listen to music with my ear buds, it helps me slip into a deeper sleep leaving me much more well rested and ready to take on the day.
An Over-Active Mind – At some point in time we all think too much but at what point does it affect your mental health? There was a time when I had to lead an introduction to three people with my mentors watching and monitoring me and boy, the night before my mind was in overdrive. I remember how I felt physically and mentally and I had to tell myself that there was nothing more to be done and put myself to bed. It took a lot to let my mind rest and once I did my body followed suit.
Holding Things In – Keeping things bottled up inside instead of expressing your feelings in not healthy. Whether you are angry, nervous or worried this state of mind if continued can cause not only mental health issues but your physical health can suffer as well. Speak what is on your mind, it is better for everyone involved to clear the air.
Drinking Too Much – I for one enjoy a drink now and then but like anything in excess it can be harmful. Alcohol actually depresses your nervous system, simply put, it depresses your mood. You may find that at night a shot or two of your favorite liquor before bed makes you sleepy but it actually interferes with your sleep leaving your less rested.