While it can be easy to focus on the things that we want to change physically – losing weight primary among them – we should spend just as much time if not more focusing on our mental well-being. When our minds are not right, little else in our lives are.
This can be compounded for those of us dealing with mental illness. Depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders; there are a litany of mental disorders that are more recognizable and afflict many more people than believed before.
There are a few tips to follow to improve your overall mental health and, therefore, improve your overall lifestyle.
Decompress Whenever Possible
For most of us, our days are filled with stress and busy work, leaving us with a little bit of down time when we get home. The vast majority of us fill that with television, which can be okay as long as it isn’t the only thing that we do.
Turn off the television for a bit at night. Talk to your significant other. Partake in a hobby. Read a book before bed to decompress and let your body unwind naturally. These sorts of things help your mind unwind from the stresses of the day and help you to not only eliminate stress, but to sleep far better than you have before.
Get Things off Your Chest
Carrying around the burdens of the day can weigh heavily on our minds. When things are particularly stressful, those thoughts tend to dominate our minds and overwhelm us both mentally and physically. That is why it is very important to get those things off your chest.
Finding someone – be it a friend, loved one, or significant other – to vent to after these stressful events is imperative. They likely won’t be able to solve whatever problems you are experiencing, but simply getting that stressful encounter off your chest can do wonders. When you carry around those stresses, your mind and body becomes tense and you are far more likely to have a blow-up.
Write down Your Feelings
If you feel like you can’t confide in someone for whatever reason, writing in a journal or diary can be of great benefit. It still helps you get your feelings out and can keep you from feeling embarrassed by sharing your feelings with someone.
The important thing is to not let feelings build because they will erupt one day and that will benefit no one.