Being healthy isn’t just about physicality. Eating well and going to the gym may be helpful but staying on top of your mental health is also an important part of maintaining a happy and healthy lifestyle.
The term ‘mental health’ refers to our psychological, emotional, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel and act. And unfortunately, it isn’t talked about enough.
There are many things that life can throw at us that affect how we think and feel. This can lead to overwhelming feelings of stress, anxiety and even depression.
Here are 5 top tips to staying on top of your mental health:
- Eat well
Eating well includes consuming a balanced diet consisting of a variety of protein, carbohydrates, dairy, fruits and vegetables. Limiting alcohol and caffeine consumption has also been said to improve mood. Drinking plenty of water will also help you maintain a healthy body and a healthy mind.
2. Be active
Staying active can help you look and feel better. Additionally, endorphins released from exercise relieve stress, can improve memory and help you sleep better. It may even help boost your overall mood.
3. Take a break
Taking time out from whatever it may be that is affecting your mental health is essential. ‘Me time’ can make you feel like there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Taking a break could include exploring somewhere new, pampering yourself, going out, or simply having a quiet night in.
4. Give back
Finding a way to give back to the community can instantly improve your mood. Volunteering can make you feel like an essential cog in the machinery of something bigger. It can also provide an opportunity to meet new people and make new friends.
5. Talk about your feelings
Talking about your feelings is not a sign of weakness. It is a sign that you’re taking charge of your mind and well-being. Being listened to can make you feel supported at a time when you may need it most.
Whilst these are easy tips and tricks to help maintain a healthy mind, if you are suffering from serious issues, there are places to get help.
If you feel like reaching out to professionals you can contact Manchester Mind on 0161 769 5732
or Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust on 0161 773 9121.
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