Easily Prioritize Your Mental Health
By Genevieve Cunningham
From the time that we're really young, we're taught to take care of our bodies. We're told about healthy eating and regular exercise. We're encouraged to move during physical education and taught about our bodies in health class. But for some reason, our mental health completely slips through the cracks. It's a topic that we, as a society, tend to purposely ignore. Luckily, the tide is starting to change, and mental health is becoming a hot topic. But are you making it a priority yet? If not, it's time. If you're ready to make your mental health a serious priority in your life, take a look at these easy ways to do it.
Learn to Talk About It
Mental health shouldn't be such a hush-hush topic. If we're going to keep ourselves healthy and feeling our best, we need to get comfortable talking about it. We need to be able to tell our work that we need a mental health day. We need to be able to tell our friends that we're feeling down and need some help. We need to be able to reach out to a therapist or counselor or other mental healthcare professional for help when we need it. The more comfortable we get talking about mental health, the better off we'll be in our overall journey toward whole body health.
Understand Stress Management
Stress can damage both mental and physical health. It's not that we can completely eliminate stress from our lives. It's that we have to learn to manage it. When stress becomes too overwhelming, we start to experience aches and pains, headaches, insomnia, anxiety, and irritability. Look on the internet, ask a professional, or simply use trial and error to find which stress management techniques work for you and keep you feeling mentally well.
Find Some Peace
Everyone needs a little peace in their day. We are constantly bombarded with envy from social media, gloom and doom from the news, stress from work and financial obligations -- it's never ending! We all need a few moments each day to relax and unwind and stop the worry. Try to find a few minutes every day to make this happen. For many, the best time is first thing in the morning before anyone else wakes up. For others, it's the last thing they do before bed. Do what works for you and enjoy that sense of peace that comes from just a few minutes every day.
Your mental health is incredibly important. Whether the world makes it a priority or not, we can certainly make it a priority in our own lives. Use these tips to make it easy, and you'll be feeling mentally well in no time at all -- and for years to come.
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