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Mental Health Measures for Long-Term Wellness

By Genevieve Cunningham

We all want to live a healthy life. We want to feel like our best self, and to do this, it’s important to put your health first. This means your physical health, of course, but it also means your mental and emotional health. Tips for maintaining or improving your physical health are easy to find. For mental and emotional, it’s a little bit more difficult. If you want to be as healthy as possible, check out these tips for mental wellness that may last for the rest of your life.

Make Some "You Time"

You know who the most important person in your life really is? It’s you. Yes, your kids and parents and spouse are all important. Your job is important and your community obligations are important. But if you don’t take the time to care for yourself, you can’t care for all of those other things. Make it a priority to care for yourself. This can either be once a day, once a week, or at whatever interval feels right for you. Take a walk or get a massage. Spend the day at your favorite spot. Do something just for you to clear your head and recharge your batteries. Making time for yourself can protect your health for the long-term.

Get Enough Sleep

A lack of sleep can make you feel a bit off kilter. Besides the obvious exhaustion, you may also feel achy, unfocused, and literally ill. It can also lead to a feeling of depression or cause you to feel overly anxious.  If you really want to improve your health, you need quality sleep. Try setting yourself a bedtime, avoiding technology, and sticking to a regular wind down routine. There are even some herbal teas that help calm the mind and body and encourage sleep. The better your sleep, the better you'll be able to keep healthy both your body and your mind.

Maintain Physical Health

Physical and mental health are intricately linked. When your physical health is good, you feel better about yourself. You have a stronger sense of self, and as a result, you are more likely to have strong mental health. While one does not always mandate the other, it’s easier to maintain overall health when you learn to balance the two. To keep your physical health in check, exercise regularly, challenge your body consistently, and eat a healthy and well-balanced diet.

Your mental health really does matter. Without a healthy and strong mind, you won’t feel your best no matter how your body or other outside influences feel. Use these tips to get ahead of the mental health game and protect your well-being for good.

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