Have you been taking care of yourself lately? Yes? No? Above all else, your mental health should be your topmost priority! There are so many people in this world who need help. It does not mean just any ordinary service like taking them out for grocery shopping or helping them choose the right furniture.
People need help with their daily life struggles and issues that they cannot share.
Why? The mental health topic is still considered a taboo, and you’d be surprised how many people refrain from talking about it or start feeling uncomfortable once the issue is addressed.
Your mental health controls everything in your life, from self-esteem, social well-being, emotions, behaviors, thoughts, and whatnot. It affects how you act, think about yourself, and deal and cope with daily stress. Life is not easy, it never will be, and that’s the harsh truth!
One of the best things you can do for yourself is sit down for a while and think about how to make your life less stressful and make it a little easier, for your own good as well as for the people around you.
Remember that overworking can harm your mental health by mentally and physically exhausting you. You might have a goal to achieve, and hearing successful people’s success stories about how they achieved their dream by working day and night might influence you to do the same, but are you okay?
Is your mental health equally doing good as your job, career, or business?
Samantha Quick is an individual who took some time to dive into the subject on her article here on Medium. Samantha, who decided to go ‘all out’, was “too inspired to be tired!” and worked 90 hours a week thinking it was something to brag about. But what happened? Her mental health reached its lowest point, and she was hospitalized twice. She had to re-think how she was living and make all necessary changes to save herself from reaching the lowest pit.
So if you’re here looking for a solution to your mental health problems, maybe Samantha’s journey and how she dealt with her struggles can help you. Of course, you both lead two different lives walking in two different shoes, but you should try it.
Still, aside from work, several endless lists negatively affect mental health; abuse, PTSD, OCD, physical conditions, isolation, poverty, divorce, etc.
How Important Is Mental Health?
Its importance is beyond compare. Mental health can impact your sleep, eating habits, anxiety, mood, and overall physical health. Your mental health needs to be stable to lead a healthy life. We should know that mental health is not something we can deal with at once and be done with it. Your mental health is a part of your health, and it should be taken care of in all stages of your life.
Having solid mental health means you won’t find any difficulty dealing with minor issues, can cope with daily stress, have a healthy relationship, be motivated, and have a positive mindset.
So here are a few tips on how to overcome mental health and improve your wellbeing:
- Connect with people around you: This is important as making connections and having good relationships with people in your life is the epitome of good mental health. Connecting with people can help you realize your self-worth, share your experiences, and receive emotional support. You can try spending more time with your family, visiting your friends, or doing some volunteer work can help you feel at ease too.
- Make time for yourself: Who in this world doesn’t have time for self-care? Leave out a few hours of the day to recharge your battery by reading, doing yoga, meditating, exercising, or doing things you love to keep yourself energetic and focused. We should learn how to prioritize self-care.
- Stay physically active: Being active can instantly lift your mood. It’s beneficial for your physical health and improves mental health and overall wellbeing. If there’s something that you’ve always wanted to try out or learn, maybe you should go for it. It can be swimming, dancing, cycling, or other activities that have been on your to-do list for a long time. Don’t compromise when it comes to your mental health. Even a minor change can drastically affect your health.
- Try to learn new skills: Being stuck in the same old ways has never been helpful or has benefitted anyone. You should always be up for learning new skills as it makes one feel happy! Being happy undoubtedly means good mental health, and learning new skills can help improve your self-esteem, which is vital for your mental health.
At a certain age, one may feel like they’re too old to learn new things, but remember, no one is ever too old to try something new. Maybe, you can try learning a new recipe, a DIY, a new practical skill, a new language, and more. There are so many exciting things out there, and if you’re not learning anything new, you should try it this time!
- Learn to balance between life and work: This is another crucial thing you should practice. Being a workaholic can take a heavy toll on your mental health, and that’s a lot to risk. Make a daily routine, and separate your work and home life for your betterment.
- Take short breaks: Take breaks between work to increase productivity and keep yourself sane. Take small breaks to go for a walk, listen to music, talk to someone, or treat yourself to a good lunch. Stepping away from your work for some time can help you remain productive and feel energetic. It can be a five-minute tea break, a quick household chore, or maybe even a quick half-hour nap to feel relaxed and calm.
Every individual’s daily life routine may vary significantly on all levels; a slight change in your daily schedule can drastically improve your overall life and mental health. It’s not something you can immediately see changes occurring, but adopting healthy habits can slowly bring about changes for good.