Every May is Mental Health Month. This year’s theme is “Mind Your Health.” The goal is to build public recognition about the importance of mental health and to also emphasize overall health and wellness. It’s also an effort to inform people of ways the mind and body interact with each other. Lastly, there are tips and tools provided on this site to take positive action to protect mental health and promote overall health.
Here are four other ways to make sure that you are taking good care of yourself physically, mentally and emotionally:
- Eating a healthy diet improves your ability to learn and gives your body the energy it needs to be successful throughout the day. Skipping a meal or eating a lot of processed or fried food can make you lethargic and less motivated.
- Regular exercise has been proven to relieve stress, elevate your overall mood, increase energy levels and release endorphins. Endorphins cause an elevation in one’s happiness. Being healthy and in shape increases your self-confidence and appearance as well.
- Relaxing and taking the time to let your mind and body wind down at the end of the day is very important. This is especially true before you go to sleep. Try reading, listening to calm music or watching a movie before bed. Or whatever it is that helps you forget about the day and your problems. Distract yourself from the things that cause stress and focus on something calm and relaxing.
- Sleep is the way that the body restores itself and gets ready for a new day. When sleep deprived, coping with daily life problems will require more effort due to the lack of energy as well as fighting inconsistent moods throughout the day. Studies have shown that we need seven to nine hours of sleep, but there are always exceptions to the rule. I personally try to get exactly seven hours. If you feel yourself dozing off during the day, then take a nap if you have time. Your body is trying to tell you something and decrease your alcohol consumption, because it disrupts your sleep patterns.
Remember, life is what you make it and learn more about Mental Health Month here.