We can all agree upon the fact that mental health is not as talked about as it should be. It is sort of an underrated topic that we simply bury under our busy schedules and do not look back upon. In other words, we all fail to acknowledge. But we must remember—we need to acknowledge others’ mental state and also take care of our own.
With our monotonous daily work life, we often end up getting physically and emotionally exhausted—and more often than not, we don’t talk to anyone about our mental health. Even if we do, people give us unwanted advice like, “This is just a phase, you will grow out of it.” But that is not how you take care of it. You need to communicate with the right person, maybe get a counselor and make some changes in your lifestyle so that your mind feels that it is at rest.
But mental health is such a delicate topic—how will you talk about it without hurting someone’s feelings and how will you help others and yourself with all these issues on how to take care of mental health? In this article, you will get answers to all these questions as we will list down 5 steps you can take to improve your mental health. So, let’s jump right in!
Mental health in the time of a pandemic
Now that our country is facing the worst wave of the Covid-19 pandemic to date, we are once again locked up in our houses with nothing but idleness to keep us company. Some of you may have started an online business or started your online tutoring service to make use of this time. But many of us are not so proactive—and we are becoming anxious as we are not used to staying at home for so long and this is disrupting our daily routine. So, stress is on the rise in all of us, and now is the time to speak up about mental health awareness.
Things you can do to take care of mental health
Now that we have established why taking care of mental health is important, let’s talk about how you can cope with these issues. First off, please know that seeking some help for your mental health does not make you “crazy” or “mad”. You should not think about what others will say if they find out you’re seeing a therapist. All this will make you more stressed and it will be difficult for your mental health to heal.
Now, if you are feeling too cranky, unhappy with whatever you do, never satisfied—then chances are that you need to take a break and look for the signs of mental health issues. Once you have recognized why you are feeling so morose all day, try these steps to improve your mental health—
1. Talk about your feelings more often
The first step towards restoring your mental well-being is recognizing what is causing you the problem—is it stress? Is it an inhuman work schedule? Or is it some toxic people who keep hurting your mental health? Take some time and try to point out the source of your issues. Once you have done this, it’s an easy road!
You have successfully passed the first step and now you need to talk about your feelings with someone you trust. Talking can be hard because you might think other people will judge you or they will talk about you behind your back but no, trust us, everyone has been through the same problems you are facing now. So, talking will make this much easier. You can also go see a therapist start a conversation about your mental health.
2. Sleep well
A good night’s sleep can do wonders when your body is feeling stressed and overworked. During your sleep, your body gets the much-needed time to heal. And your mind gets enough peaceful time to de-stress itself and freshen up. An adult must get 6-8 hours of sleep to feel re-energized and rejuvenated. You will also notice that you’ll have better work efficiency after your sleep!
3. Socialize and connect with others
People in our smartphone-driven era are always like, “Ugh, I hate direct contact” and everyone is comfortable texting with random strangers on the internet but not talking to anyone in person. Humans are social creatures and we cannot exist being isolated from everybody. This pandemic has nearly driven us to the edge of our sanity and a major reason for this is that people feel too lonely being locked up in their homes, not getting to meet their friends, colleagues, lovers, or even family members. So, socializing and connecting with others is a must for your mental health. And you need to find good, supportive people who care for you and not toxic people who want to bring you down.
4. Have a healthy diet
Your food intake plays a major role in your physical as well as mental health. Good, nutritious food gets you energy to work and keeps you from feeling tired all day. Also, you need to watch over your diet to prevent overeating!
Sometimes, when we get stressed, we tend to binge eat. This can be very detrimental to our health, leading to obesity, cholesterol build-up, and several other problems. You will find many people who turn towards eating a lot of food after some traumatic incident in their lives. In this way, they develop morbid obesity which is very dangerous. So, we should only have nutritious food to stay healthy—both mentally as well as physically.
5. Maintain your physical health
Your physical health is directly linked with your mental health. If you regularly perform exercises, go for a morning walk or an evening stroll and stay active overall, then you will have a fresh mind and more enthusiasm for your work.
You don’t need to hit the gym to stay healthy—simply go walk your dog or play a game of volleyball with your friends. That’ll do wonders to get you relaxed and happy!
Thus, we come to the end of our discussion on ways to improve mental health. If any of these steps helped you, please share this article with your friends and family members and spread the kind word! Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to read our article and have a great day! Take care of mental health, but it should not be ignored!