Being physically healthy is important; however, being mentally healthy is more important. When we have a healthy mind, it results in us having a healthier life. But in order to achieve this, there are a range of things we should do:
Getting sufficient sleep every night is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves. A Mental Health Foundation report shows the connection between lack of sleep and severe anxiety and depression. If you are not getting sufficient sleep, which is at least seven to eight hours every night, you risk damaging your mental equilibrium.
Have you heard the phrase: “Your friends are a reflection of who you are”? Well, this is very true, so it is very important to be around people who encourage you and have a positive influence on you. Hanging out with pessimistic people exposes your thought patterns to negativity, which often leads to anxiety, self-condemnation and depression. Think about yourself and let go of the people who only bring negativity into your life.
It has been proven that exercise releases endorphins in your body, leaving you in a better mood. Studies also show that exposing yourself to green spaces is beneficial for your mental health and is excellent for improving depression and anxiety.
Keeping yourself closed off from people is extremely dangerous for your well-being. ‘Psychology Today’ names four disorders that can be caused by isolation and loneliness: depression, social anxiety, addiction, and hoarding. Take small steps to return to the social world and interact more with people.
Asking for help doesn’t mean that you are weak; in fact, it means you are strong enough to recognise the problem and seek help from a professional who can help you with the problem. Whether it is speaking to a professional about what you are experiencing or receiving some other form of help, it will surely be of benefit.
The link between mental health and substance abuse is often referred to as ‘co-occurring disorders’. Some people use drugs and alcohol to cope with their mental health problems. Regardless of the reason, substance abuse is dangerous and it can be harder to quit when you are experiencing a mental health issue. If you recognise that this is happening to you, get help as soon as possible.
Chronic stress is linked to anxiety and depression, and it can damage your physical and mental health in many ways. If you find yourself constantly stressing out, make some time for yourself, and do activities that will help you relax and stay calm. It can be anything from swimming to reading. If you ignore the stress you experience in your life, you will only bring more harm to your life.
If you are suffering from mental health problems or know someone who is, please contact the UCKG HelpCentre, where we provide 24hr free help and support. For more information please call 020 7686 6000