Within the past few years, the stigma surrounding mental health has changed drastically. Even though people have been experiencing mental health issues like postpartum depression and anxiety since as early as the Victorian Times. The majority of the times these issues were treated by putting the people experiencing these problems into an institution where they would be labeled as “hysterical” and treated poorly by the doctors that were supposed to help them. Many people are starting to be proactive and are taking steps to take care of their mental health before it becomes an issue. Taking care of your mental health is more than just the weekly glass of wine and bubble bath. There are so many different ways to take care of yourself, you just need to try different things and see what works best for your lifestyle.
Take Care Of Yourself Physically-
Taking care of your body is one of the easiest and most effective ways to help your mental. Exercise and eating healthy are the two simplest ways to take care of yourself. Your body releases endorphins while you are exercising which makes you feel better. When you are eating healthy you will notice you have more energy and have a better attitude. It is easy to run through whatever drive-thru and grab something for dinner, but that food will end up making you feel bloated and groggy later. You may not even realize your food is doing this to you, but you will definitely see a change after changing your habits.
Try Out Vitamins-
Many people lack certain vitamins that they need for a healthy body and if you don’t have a healthy body it can be a lot harder to have a healthy mind. There are tons of different vitamins on the market, and you have to be careful or else you will up with a bunch of different ones that you don’t really need. There are multivitamins that are great if you don’t want to get specific ones. Although it would be better to find out what vitamins you are lacking and just take that. They all are used to help different things, for example, fish oil is for your hair and skin, there are benefits of using magnesium for a healthier heart, and vitamin C can help your immune system.
Change Things Up-
You may think having a schedule and doing the same thing day in and day out is helping you out by not causing stress and uncertainty about the day's events. That is not necessarily the case. You don’t want to change plans every day, but just changing small aspects of your life can make a big impact. Maybe take a different route to work, try a new restaurant, or jogging route. This will boost your mood and encourage you to try new things.
Journaling is a great way to unwind and relax. It is something else that has recently gained popularity as Instagram and Pinterest have become such a large part of everyday lives. They can be so aesthetically pleasing, but they are also a good way to get your feelings out. If you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed if you don’t have anyone to talk to or don’t feel comfortable talking to anyone just write your feelings down.
Get Help If You Need To-
It can be hard to reach out and get the help that you need. Even though the negative stigma surrounding mental health is slowly going away, it can still be hard to reach out for the help that you need. If you think that reaching out to someone is the only way that you can get the help that you need, don’t be afraid to do so.
Take Care of Yourself!
Your mental health is just as important if not more important than your physical health. 1 in 5 adults in the United States will struggle with some type of mental illness in a given year. Taking care of your mental health is nothing you should be embarrassed about or avoid. If everyone starts raising awareness for mental then maybe these numbers will begin to get less and less.
By Paisley Hansen
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