Occasionally, most people create time to visit their doctors. They complain about things such as pains and aches, which they are sometimes plagued with. Additionally, they are interested in the general health report of their organs and other reports that can be attributed to a body part. Equally important is the mental health of every living being. It’s so vital that if proper attention is not given to this aspect of human life. It finds its way into crippling the other functioning physical parts.
How then can you keep your mental health in check?
The very first and direct way to respond to this is to remind individuals to learn to value themselves. You are priceless and your life has no duplicate. Once you have this at the back of your mind, it is very easy to obey all other rules.
Quit the junk life
This must be very hard for millennials as the ‘quick fix’ life has us opting for easier and faster routes. Eating junk is a way of telling your body mechanism that you don’t give a flying hoot if it packs up. The body needs to be constantly repaired and this can only happen effectively if you feed it with the required nutrients. Eating foods that have a balanced diet helps to keep our sanity in check. The constant habit of loading our body with junk is one of the proximate causes why depression has become rampant in this age.
A lot of people enjoy bragging about how they don’t get to sleep for too long. Let nobody guilt trip you into feeling inadequate as sleep is good medicine for the body. Once you begin to lack adequate sleep just know that you’re interrupting the information transmission process that goes in the brain. Do not let your love for an extra dollar drive you into depression Island. Get enough sleep today.
This is another silent killer as people tend to overload themselves with impossible tasks. Almost everyone is at risk of being stressed, the most important thing is finding ways to manage it. Don’t be that colleague who’s willing to always take on an extra task to the detriment of your health. Remember no one is indispensable, and If you faint today, that organization will continue to exist. Apply wisdom and develop a daily to-do list, ensure you set realistic targets. Also, it’s not a sin to take a break once in a while.
Being a workaholic has no positives for your mental health. Find time to relax, meet new people, take on new hobbies, etc. You can even decide to visit a wellness spa with friends and just have a good time. Get a good massage, do something to boost your mental and physical health. It’s also important to engage in these activities regularly. The fun thing is that you get to meet new people and learn new things.
Water has a very powerful way of relaxing the mind and healing the body. Dehydration can lead to other illnesses, so it’s essential to make a conscious effort to drink a sufficient amount of water daily. Are you aware that pregnant women and nursing mothers are constantly advised to take a lot of water daily? This is to keep them hydrated and less prone to certain illnesses as they cannot ingest certain medications in their current state.
Avoid alcohol and smoking
Alcohol, smoking, vaping, drugs, or whatever name might be given to it in the future does the body a lot of harm. Anyone interested in being sane should not be found engaging in any of these activities. These vices are the fastest route to depression and it also has a dangerous effect on the physical aspect of the body. A word is enough for the wise. Be wise!
Spending some time meditating and reflexing is also not a bad thing. Just ensure you’re not busy saying hurtful things to yourself. You can note the mistakes of the past and map out strategies to avoid them in the future. You can also spend this time praying or engaging in other activities that are legal/ethical and energize you.
Your mental health is as important as all other aspects of your life. Don’t treat it with levity, be intentional about your peace of mind and do away with anything that wants to contend with it. Ensure you only allow positive people into your inner circle and find methods not to let the negatives get to you. It’s essential to know when you’re losing it mentally and seek help immediately.
Elena Deeley did her degree in psychology at the University of Edinburgh. She has an ongoing interest in mental health and well-being.