1 in 5 U.S. adults experiences mental illness each year. Mental health is just as important as physical health, but it’s often neglected. There are many ways showing how to care for your mental health. Keep reading to learn about how neglecting your mental health can lead to negative consequences.
How To Care For Your Mental Health
Make time for yourself
It’s important to make time for yourself, even if it’s just a few minutes each day. Dedicate some time to doing things that make you happy and help you relax. This can be anything from reading, taking a bath, or going for a walk.
Connect with Loved Ones
Make sure to keep in touch with your loved ones, whether it’s through text, social media, or in person. Spending time with those you care about can help reduce stress and promote positive emotions.
Exercise is a great way to improve your mental health. It can help reduce stress, improve your mood, and increase energy levels. Make sure to find an activity that you enjoy and make it part of your regular routine. “Just 30 minutes of walking every day can help boost your mood and improve your health. Small amounts of exercise add up, so don’t be discouraged if you can’t do 30 minutes at one time.”
What you eat can have a big impact on your mental state. Eating a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can help improve your mood and overall well-being. Avoiding processed foods and excessive amounts of sugar can also be beneficial.
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is essential to keep you mentally sound. Most adults need around 7-8 hours of sleep each night. If you’re having trouble sleeping, there are a few things you can try to help improve your sleep habits.
Seek Professional Help
If you’re struggling with your mental health, it’s important to seek professional help. A therapist can provide support and guidance through difficult times. If you need someone to talk to, there are many resources available online or through hotlines.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, seek professional help if you are experiencing severe or distressing symptoms that have lasted two weeks or more, such as:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Appetite changes that result in unwanted weight changes
- Struggling to get out of bed in the morning because of mood
- Difficulty concentrating
- Loss of interest in things you usually find enjoyable
- Inability to perform usual daily functions and responsibilities
If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text “HOME” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741.
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