Your mental health is extremely important. It’s just as important as looking after your physical health and other areas of your life, like your stress levels or how much sleep you get. Throughout life, your mental health will have its ups and downs, it’s impossible for it always to be on the up. For this reason, it’s important to be aware of how your mental health is coping and to support yourself when you feel it’s not at its best.
So how do you look after your mental health? There are many ways – you can speak to your family members for support, exercise more, eat healthily, drink plenty of water, make sure you get enough sleep each day – the list goes on. Below we look more into the ways of helping your mental health on a daily basis. If you feel it’s really struggling, you can always seek help and visit your local Pharmacy for support.
Make sure you are exercising regularly
It’s important to be exercising regularly in order to help your mental health. Activities like running allow you to get outside and breathe some fresh air. Cycling is great for losing weight if that’s a goal of yours whilst team sports allow you to exercise whilst being with like-minded people. If you don’t currently exercise much, why not reach out to a friend and do something together? This way you can both motivate each other and it’s an excuse to spend time together whilst working out.
Reach out to your friends and family members
Never suffer alone, if you are feeling down and your mental health has taken a hit, reach out to your friends and family members. By speaking to them, they can help support you and look out for you during your low periods. Just think of it this way, would you want your family and friends to reach out to you if they were down? Of course, you would and they will feel the same way about you.
Keep an eye on your diet
What you eat can have a big impact on your mood. Start to review your diet to ensure you are eating well in order to help your mental health. Make sure you are eating your five pieces of fruit and veg a day as well as drinking 2-3 litres of water a day. Don’t completely stop treating yourself as this sets you up to fail, instead reduce the amount of fatty food that you consume on a weekly basis. There are many apps that you can use on your mobile phone or tablet that can help track what you are eating. Often they will tell you of any nutrients you may not be getting enough of which you may not have realized.
What tips do you have for looking after someone’s mental health? Are there any tips that we haven’t included above which you think are very important? Is there anything you would like to share that our readers can benefit from? Let us know in the comment box below.