Beginner's guide to focusing on mental health

These days, many people focus on their physical health. But few give much attention, if any, to their mental health.

What does mental health refer to? Mental health describes a person’s overall psychological health and well-being. It has much to do with how you feel about yourself, your ability to manage your emotions, how you deal with challenges, and the relationships you nurture.

While most people will experience mental health challenges at some point, those who pay no attention to their mental health could experience anxiety and depression. If focusing on mental health is a new topic for you, here are some tips to help you along:

Don’t Isolate

Nothing elevates our mood like being truly connected to other people. While texting and social media have their place, spend quality face-to-face time with friends and loved ones.

Make R&R a Priority

Are you someone who burns the candle at both ends? Most people are. Good mental health requires enough leisure time to rest and contemplate. If you’re guilty of being “too busy,” start spending more time relaxing.

Eat Healthily

Have you ever noticed how processed comfort foods make you feel physically and mentally ill? Sugary foods are bad for our mental health. Eating wholesome, nutritious foods like grass-fed meats, organic fruits, and veggies is essential!

Stay Active 

Physical activity is as important for your mental health as it is for your physical health. Regular exercise can relieve stress, elevate mood, and even help you sleep better.

These are just some ways to ensure your mental health is optimized. You may also want to speak with a licensed mental health therapist who can provide tools and a safe space to work through what’s troubling you.

Please call my office if you’d like to explore treatment options.


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