Mental health is something that is often overlooked. We all know it's important to eat right, exercise, and get enough sleep. But what about our mental health?
Mental health is just as important as any of the other aspects of our lives. It can affect everything from job performance to relationships with family and friends. And that's not all! Mental health has been shown to be an indicator of physical wellbeing, including issues like hypertension and diabetes. Here are six ways you can work on your mental health every day so you can feel more at peace with yourself and the world around you.
1. Quality sleep
Sleeping well is one way to ensure your brain can function at its best. Try going to bed and waking up at the same time every day as much as possible, as this will help regulate your body clock.
2. Eat a balanced diet
Eating well has been proven to have a positive impact on our mental health. So try to eat regular meals from all food groups, including protein from meat or beans, fruit and vegetables, dairy products, bread or cereal for carbohydrates and fats.
3. Regular exercise
Regular exercise reduces stress levels and boosts mood by releasing chemicals in the brain called endorphins. Aim for 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity each week which includes sports, gym sessions or going for a walk. Going out in the sun and exercising are scientifically proven way of lifting your mood.
4. Socialize with friends and family
Arrange a coffee catch-up, walk in a park, a movie night or visit to your favorite restaurant with a friend or family member. It doesn’t have to be a long outing, even a 15 minute catch up is a great start. PS: If you are looking for a new sports buddies or walking group, try KeepActive.com.au.
As per Smiling Mind, mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment with openness, curiosity and without judgement. In everyday rush, it can be easy for us to not reflect on our own mental health - how we are doing and feeling. If you are new to mindfulness, try the free Smiling Mind app to practice mindfulness.
6. Seek support
If you are struggling, feeling anxious and need further support, try one of these services below:
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