While the benefits of physical activity have been lauded time and time again, mental health is just as vital for wellbeing both inside and out. Being healthy emotionally is linked to lower blood pressure, lower cortisol, better sleep, more resilience and a multitude of other benefits. Taking time to take care of oneself mentally shouldn’t be neglected. Here are a few tips for greater mental well-being.
Physical and mental health go hand in hand for overall wellness. Exercising helps to release endorphins, a natural chemical created in the body that can promote feelings of happiness, and even increase cognitive sharpness. Exercise is also shown to help with mild depression and ease anxiety. Aim for three or more days of physical activity a week.
Spend Time in Meditation
Spending as little as fifteen minutes sitting in stillness, or while focusing on the good things in life has been shown to cause a dip in anxiety and stress, while improving cognitive abilities.
Have a Strong Support System
Having a steadfast group of friends, or family members that will listen during times of joy and duress is a pillar to a healthy, meaningful life. Support systems can be small or big, as long as they are positive influences. If one is looking for new friends, they should look at the things they enjoy doing to meet like-minded individuals.
Find Positive Ways to Cope With Stress
Some days stress is unavoidable, but going for a walk, or practicing deep breathing can bring relief. If a specific situation is causing stress daily, it might be time for a change. One should view this change as a positive new experience.
A few hours alone to decompress while watching television, or while working on a hobby can bring peace and help to recharge mentally. Working on hobbies has been shown to increase wellbeing and decrease feelings of anxiety, anger, and nervousness.
Weekends and time off should be spent doing things that bring happiness, like reconnecting with friends and enjoying recreational activities. There should also be some downtime for resting, reading, watching television, anything that signals to the body and mind that it’s time to relax.
Remember, mental health is not one size fits all, speaking to a therapist or mental health counselor may be the support needed to feel well.