Mental Health Tips for the Over 30 Crowd
By Genevieve Cunningham
Mental health is a big deal in our world today. It’s finally getting the attention it deserves, and this attention is truly saving people’s lives. Most of the advice and attention is centered around children and teens, which can certainly be a good thing. But what about adults? The truth is that mental health issues still exist, even for adults 30 and older. If you’re in this age group, whether you’ve just entered the 30s or are a few decades older, take a look at these pieces of advice that can help your mental wellness thrive.
Take Days Off
America is one place where we really value work. We value it so much that a large portion of people don’t even take their specified days off. While this might seem like the only way to get ahead at work, it’s an almost surefire way to get behind on your own mental health. The truth is that we all need time off in order to rest and recharge. If you’re an adult with work and responsibilities, it’s imperative that you take your allotted time off in order to protect your well-being for a lifetime.
Guess what … you really can’t do it all. It might feel as if you’re supposed to, but you shouldn’t. If you want to stay healthy, it’s much more important that you learn to delegate. When it’s possible, use your team, friends, or family to help you out. Delegate house cleaning chores, tasks at work (if you can), and everyday obligations. The more you can share with others, the less stress you feel, and the better you can protect your long-term well-being.
Find a Personal Hobby and Make Time
As kids, we often have a million hobbies at one time. We join the local sports group, play an instrument, learn a new activity. We stay busy! But as adults, we have so many other things going on that we often drop these little hobbies. While this can feel like a necessity, it’s actually not good for us. We need these little hobbies to feel like ourselves and to engage our minds in something personal. If you don’t have a hobby, now is a great time to pick one up again. And then make the time to practice it every day, a few times a week, or whatever time you can afford. While it might feel selfish at first, it will boost your mental health and overall happiness in a big way.
Being an adult can be stressful. It’s demanding and sometimes troubling, and yet you’re supposed to have it all figured out. Since we all know this is impossible, it’s more important than ever to protect your mental health and happiness. Use these tips to get you moving in the right direction, and enjoy the peace and mental stability that comes with it.
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