Daily Habits to Improve Your Mental Health
By Sara Butler
If you have depression or anxiety, you may find that when you leave your mental health unchecked, it creeps into different areas of your life -- sometimes with disastrous results. The key to prevent your mental health from spinning out of control is to practice a few daily rituals that help you keep it in check. Here are a few habits you may want to include in your regimen to help you keep a handle on your mental health and feel better each day.
Sleeplessness and fatigue are common issues related to depression, so making sure you get enough sleep should be a priority. It can help you to feel more energized and excited to tackle the day. When you're feeling stressed about something or your life becomes busy, make sure not to let your sleeping schedule go by the wayside. Otherwise, you may find that your lack of sleep contributes to feelings of depression and anxiety in your life.
You can ensure you get enough sleep by simply setting an alert on your phone to remind you to start getting ready for bed each night. Allow yourself 20-30 minutes to wind down and get to bed so that you can hit your sleep goals and wake up feeling rested and refreshed.
For some people, their mental health issues can be triggered by feeling unproductive. To counter this, give yourself something to do that helps you feel accomplished. One of the best ways to do this is to exercise! Create fitness goals for yourself and work toward them. You may be surprised at how accomplished simply walking 20 minutes each evening can help you feel. You can also do small things to help boost your activity level and get you moving such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator or riding your bike to work.
Listen to Some Tunes
Sometimes, all you need to lift your spirits is your favorite song. Never be ashamed to put in your earbuds and listen to some tunes as you do some household chores, take a walk, or even when you're commuting on the train. Research has shown that music can increase your feelings of well-being and trigger your body to release feel-good chemicals. So, go with your bad self and put on some Beyonce!
Take the time to care for your mental health -- it's always going to be time and effort well spent!
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