A complete state of well-being comes from a combination of physical and mental health. Just like for our physical health, we all can make simple changes in our daily lives that will significantly enhance our mental health and well-being too.
Below are few simple ways in which all of us can look after our mental health:
- Take time off – Make conscious efforts to take a break from the monotony of everyday life. It can be anything that pleases you, listen to some good music, go for a stroll, sit and read something interesting, paint or sketch, take a nap or go on a vacation. Switching off from the mundane and allowing yourself time to rejuvenate is crucial.
- Develop a habit of gratitude – It’s important to acknowledge the things you are thankful for in your life. Research has consistently shown that gratitude is associated with greater happiness and well-being. Gratitude helps people refocus on what they have instead of what they don’t. Try thanking those around you often for the help they provide and make it a habit to count your blessings.
- Keep active – Exercising and taking care of your physical health has a direct and significant impact on your mental well-being too. Find out what kind of physical activities work for you, could be a run, a swift walk, yoga or a form of martial arts. Take time to keep your body healthy too.
- Stay in touch – Social support and developing meaningful relationships is definitely useful. Communicating and associating with the right people can do wonders for your mental health. The presence of a support system has its own advantages.
- Here and now – A lot of psychological distress emanates from fretting over what may happen in the future or staying with the bothersome memories of the past. Make a constant effort to savour the present moment by being present and mindful.
- Cope with stress – Pay attention and understand what makes you stressful. Stress is best dealt with proactively. There is no shame in seeking help from a qualified professional to help enhance your coping ability if you feel you get stressed easily and often. This is even more relevant if you are dealing with a significant life change or a challenging situation in your personal, professional or social life.