As Mental Health Month comes to a close, it‘s important to continue to focus on mental wellness throughout the year. So often we place emphasis on improving physical wellness, that mental wellness does not receive the attention it deserves.
Mental wellness, defined by the World Health Organization, is a state of well-being in which every individual realizes their own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to the community. The state of one’s mental health can influence the ways in which they look at themselves, their life and others around them. Without a healthy mental state it can be extremely challenging to live life to the fullest extent.
Check out these 7 simple tips for maintaining mental wellness provided by Mental Health America:
- Has something been bothering you? Let it all out on paper. Writing about upsetting experiences can reduce symptoms of depression
- Relax in a warm bath once a week. Try adding Epsom salts to soothe aches and pains and help boost magnesium levels, which can be depleted by stress.
- Spend some time with a furry friend. Time with animals lowers the stress hormone cortisol and boosts oxytocin which stimulates feelings of happiness.
- Work some omega-3 fatty acids into your diet. They are linked to decreased rates of depression and schizophrenia among their many benefits.
- Do something with friends and family. Have a cookout, go to a park, or play a game. People are 12 times more likely to feel happy on days that they spend 6-7 hours with friends or family.
- Take 30 minutes to go for a walk in nature. It could be a stroll through a park, or a hike in the woods. Research shows that being in nature can increase energy levels, reduce depression and boost well-being.
- Get off the grid. Leave your smart phone at home for a day and disconnect from constant emails, alerts and other interruptions that can cause anxiety.
Dedicating even a short time every day to your mental wellness will reap significant benefits long term.
Mental health conditions are common, treatable and many individuals go on to recover and lead full and productive lives. Unfortunately many people are reluctant to ask for help or simply don’t know where to find it. You can help ensure no one has to face mental illness alone. If you or someone you know feels overwhelmed or unable to cope, we encourage you to reach out for professional help.
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