Mental Health Tips to Take You Into Fall
By Genevieve Cunningham
Mental health is such an important part of healthy living. There was a time when we all but ignored mental health issues. But in the past decade or more, attention on this very important matter has grown. And that’s a good thing! But even with the ample advice out there, many still struggle with keeping their mental health under control, especially at certain times of the year. If you see a decline in mental health during the fall transition and into the holidays, take a look at these tips to keep you mentally well.
Get Plenty of Rest
The fall is one of the busiest times of year. School is back in session. Sports are in full swing. The holidays are right around the corner. We often find ourselves rushing more than ever. While staying busy can be a good thing, too much activity can damage mental health. We get tired and rundown and overwhelmed. In order to manage this exhaustion, it’s important to get enough rest. Go to bed a little earlier. Stay on top of your bedtime habits. Improving the sleep that you get may be all it takes to keep your mental and physical health in check through the busy season.
Limit Screen Time
Because the weather is changing, the fall often brings more screen time into the picture. Instead of going outside, we stay inside and out of the chilly weather. But excessive screen time has been proven to be a contributor to poor mental health. Even though it’s tempting, stay off of the screen as much as you can. Get involved in a hobby or read or do something else that gets you out of the weather without damaging your mental wellness in the process.
You don’t have to do it all. It might feel like it sometimes, but you absolutely do not have to do everything. Manage your activities this fall. Say no when you need to. Limit your practices and meetings and minimize your schedule. Many don’t realize the impact that this can have on health, but are pleasantly surprised at the boost in mental health that comes with relaxing a bit more often and maintaining plenty of time for rest.
Mental health is too important to ignore or put on the backburner. Keeping your mental health in check may seem tough, but once you get going, it’s something you can absolutely manage. Use these tips to stay on top of your mental health this fall, and enjoy an improvement in your quality of life for the rest of the season.
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