Mental and emotional health is an important, essential part of our overall health and wellbeing. Most of us take part in some activities that help us stay physically fit. Similarly, we could all do with including some activities that can also keep us mentally and emotionally healthy.
Why invest in our emotional health?
Managing emotions and maintaining emotional balance is an important skill. Lack of emotion regulation skills can lead to poor wellbeing, difficulty in relationships, and mental health problems. Staying mentally and emotionally healthy helps us face challenges, stresses and setbacks.
Taking care of your mental wellbeing
The idea of taking care of your mental wellbeing may sound vague, complicated or challenging. However, experts say that you can take care of your mental wellbeing by incorporating some simple activities into your daily routine, or making some minor changes in your lifestyle.
Take care of your physical health
Physical health plays an important role in ensuring that you are mentally healthy. You can stay healthy by eating well, getting adequate rest and exercise, and actively taking care of your physical health. Eating fresh food that is rich in nutrients helps your body deal with daily stresses. Foods which have Vitamin B-12 and Omega 3 fatty acids keep up the levels of mood-regulating chemicals in the brain. Getting enough rest is also important; it is when we sleep that the body is able to heal its daily wear and tear. Lack of sleep can make you feel tired, stressed and cranky. Getting enough exercise also improves your appetite, and helps you get enough sleep – which is also vital to your mental wellbeing.
Exercise, and get some fresh air
Sunlight increases the production of serotonin – a chemical that regulates mood – in the brain. Daily exposure to sunlight helps avoid depression. Physical activity is also beneficial for the mind. Exercise boosts energy, reduces stress and mental fatigue.
Take care of yourself
Self-care is an essential part of mental and emotional wellbeing. Expressing your emotions constructively makes it easier to cope with your stresses and conflicts. Set time aside for yourself; attend to your own emotional needs, read a book, pamper yourself, or just relax and unwind without having to worry about your daily tasks.
Spend time with people whose company you enjoy
Spending time with people you love and get along with, gives you a sense of being valued and appreciated. Having healthy relationships with your friends, family, colleagues and neighbours can increase your sense of emotional wellbeing and give you an enriching feeling of connectedness. No technology can replace a smile or a hug.
Pursue a hobby, or a new activity
Participating in activities that you enjoy helps you stay engaged and happy. It keeps your mind occupied and can also give you an outlet to express your emotions, particularly those that you may find difficult to share with others. Hobbies can help you overcome stress and increase your self-esteem.
Manage your stress
We all have some people or events that cause stress. Identify what this kind of stress is triggered by for you, and try to re-interpret and re-appraise those situations. You may try to stay away from such situations sometimes, but that may not always work or be feasible. Sometimes, the stress may be caused due to lack of strategies to handle certain situations or life events. This is why it is essential to learn the skills required to address your stress. If you feel like work stress is getting the best of you, here are some great TIPS, to help you deal with the pressure at work !
Accept yourself and believe in yourself
All of us are different, and we all have our own strengths and weaknesses. Identifying and owning your strengths and accepting your weaknesses gives you the courage to believe in yourself and the strength to move on. Everyone has weaknesses, and so do you; no one is perfect. You can choose to change the weaknesses about yourself that you don’t like or you can choose to accept those weaknesses about yourself that you can live with. But accepting that you have some weaknesses just like everyone else,
Count your blessings
While this may sound like a cliché, it is true that when you are grateful for what you have, it can take away the focus from what you don’t. Studies show that being grateful for what you have helps you stay optimistic about your future and boosts your mental health. Maintain a gratitude journal. Every night before going to bed, write down what you are thankful for on that day.