3 Tips to Improve Your Mental Health
By Virginia Laird
Increasingly, there is a need to understand how to protect and promote good mental health. Research indicates a plethora of things that can hamper this issue. However, more than ever, taking care of mental health has proven to save lives, promote good health and wellness, and encourage better self-care. Whether you think you are one who struggles with this issue or not, taking care of your mental health is for everyone. Health and wellness experts have offered a few tips to help you get started on maintaining and managing good mental health, including:
- Get some sleep
- Make time to exercise
- Turn off social media
Get Some Sleep
There is plenty of research to suggest those who have a lack of sleep often struggle with stress, health, and a host of other issues. These battles can all lead to mental health issues as well. Rather than allowing this to consume you, it may be time to begin making sleep a priority. It is suggested that the average adult get at least six hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. Your children require much more than this. Experts suggest that as you have your children go to bed in order to get plenty of sleep, you may be improving their mental health as well. Don't limit it to just your kids; get enough sleep yourself.
Make Time to Exercise
Exercise is another way to help improve mental health. Research suggests that working out releases hormones in the body that are associated with energy and a positive attitude. Experts admit that as little as a 30-minute workout can help promote good mental health. This does not mean that time must be spent at the gym. Rather, a brisk walk through your neighborhood, a jog, or a family hike can all be enough to help get the body moving and the mind clear. Start planning exercise for you and your family daily.
Turn Off Social Media
Social media is a great and dreadful thing. It is nice to use it to keep track of family and friends who may be far from you. However, it has also become a place of constant judgement. This can lead to extreme depression, stress, and a battle with mental health. For this reason, experts suggest that you (and your children) limit time spent on social media. It is suggested that if you find yourself addicted, it may be time for a 10-day fast from the media of your choice. This can help reset your priorities, clear your mind of the drama on the media, and help you refocus on healthier subjects.
Start making your mental health a priority today.
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