Mental health is as important as physical health and just like with your physical health, there are ways you can take care of your mental health. Care2.com discusses five ways you can prioritize your mental well-being.
- Reduce distractions
It is easy to sit down for a television show and find ourselves still on the couch three hours later. Our distractions can turn into escapisms as we move out of our personal reality and into our own.
In 2017, focus on how you spend your free time, and being in more control of it, instead of suddenly finding yourself wasting the weekend with Netflix.
This is not to say you should not distract yourself sometimes to unwind, but you can find a new, healthier method for distraction. For instance, instead of binge watching that new TV show, try going on a hike, meditating, or taking up an instrument.
- Evaluate your relationships
Some relationships are healthier than others. The toxic ones cause us heartache, headaches, worry, or even worse. Set boundaries, and do not be afraid to remove people from your life who are causing you harm. By doing so, you will make more room for your better relationships, which will lessen your stress and benefit your life overall.
- Do the things you know will benefit you
There is something you have been meaning to do but have not gotten to. “Man, I really need to…” is said by all of us, usually quite frequently. This year, do those things that you need to do. Work out more, take more pictures, be more kind to yourself, put more money into your retirement savings, etc.
Take small steps to achieve these things you keep meaning to do, and see how they positively impact your life and mental health.
- Be kinder to yourself
We are often our own worst critics. We do not give ourselves credit, nor do we give ourselves a break. Indeed, we are far kinder to others than to ourselves. Often, how we speak to ourselves internally is full of self-critiques and self-doubts. This year, talk to yourself as you would a friend. Build yourself up, give yourself encouragement, cut yourself some slack. This will vastly improve your mental health and your self-esteem.
- Give therapy a chance
Society is trying to break down the various stigmas against mental health. Take a step in your personal life by going to a therapist and seeing how talking to a professional can help you work out your worries and struggles. You can even try out therapy and counseling online via websites such as Talkspace and BetterHelp.