These are certainly very testing times that we are living through and it is more important than ever before that we are taking care of our mental health. Many experts in the community like Roger Wolfson have been discussing this lately, doubling down on the importance that we all look after our health and our mental wellbeing. Much of this is not overly difficult and the reality is that looking after our mental wellbeing is about simple, daily practices which keep us grounded and which creates a solid foundation for our mental health. These are some very basic ways in which we can ensure that we are at our best.
Getting a good night’s sleep is absolutely critical to feeling good and feeling ready to start the day. For those who struggle to get a good sleep, the key is to nail down a good routine. This means going to bed at the same time each evening, avoiding gadgets and electronic devices in the last hour before bed, and ensuring that you have the room as dark as possible. Following a routine like this will help you to get a great sleep and to wake up fresh and energized.
Diet and Exercise
Physical health plays a critical role in our overall mental wellbeing and so too does the diet which you have. Lifestyle choices like this may not appear to have a huge impact on how we feel and how we approach life, but the reality is that they are at the core of our mental wellbeing. The saying that you are what you eat is in fact very apt and that is why it is essential that you have a diet which is full of good, nutritional food. Daily exercise and a good diet is the perfect way to stay healthy in body and mind.
One of the most important things that you can do right now, in this current climate, is to ensure that you are speaking with people and socializing as much as possible. This may be limited right now but simply because you are not able to see someone doesn’t mean that you cannot still speak with people. Make sure that you have calls and video calls with the important people in your life. This is so important in order to stay connected, and to continue to speak about any issues which you may have.
And finally it is worth monitoring how much time you are spending online and on social media. An overindulgence of either of these behaviors is not positive. At the moment there is a real temptation to live out our lives online, but the truth is that in doing so you are not going to be doing much for your general mental wellbeing. Any more than and hour or two per day on social media is going to have a negative impact on you.
Simple behaviors for a healthier mind.
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