Mental health has become an important topic in the last few years. Decades ago, many mental health issues were seen as taboo to talk about, or better left for a conversation with a therapist. But the more we learn about its importance, the more society is accepting that it is crucial to invest in mental health as individuals. This is why we are seeing a shift in both the business sector and wellness industry toward self-care.
The changes you want to see in your life could be right around the corner. Adopting new behaviors and examining current habits can change how you invest in your mental health. For some, it means finding routines that help reduce stress. For others, it could mean speaking with a professional or a trusted loved one to discuss your concerns.
Whatever avenue you choose, there should be nothing that holds you back from caring for yourself. Here are a few tips for investing in your mental health.
Examine Social Media Habits
One of the hottest topics when discussing mental health concerns is the permeation of mobile devices and social media. The immediate reaction to mass social media adoption is that it has become an addiction for too many people. While this may be true in many cases, just because you use social media a lot does not mean that you are addicted in a negative way. It all depends on how you use it. These platforms are designed around habits, which can act as cues that make you want to scroll through Twitter or Instagram every time you sit down or are waiting in a line. If you find that your social media habits are creating a comparison narrative that is robbing you of joy, then it may be time to examine these routines and find a new way to pass the time.
At the end of each day, there are probably a hundred things that you could be worrying about. Maybe you have a big presentation at school or work tomorrow. Or there is a busy weekend coming up with family functions that take a lot of planning. Perhaps you missed out on a social event that is causing you sadness. All of this worrying and stressing will do nothing to fix those things. But you can change your mindset. When each day ends, take a moment to think about all the good things in your life. What did you accomplish today? What do you own that others may not that you can be thankful for? Are there family members and friends who care about you? Reflect on the positives not to forget the things that worry you but to redirect your emotions. This will put you in a better mindset to face those challenges the next day.
Change Your Eating Habits
Food has a lot of power in terms of health, and not just physically. Eating the right food can provide the needed nutrients for your cells, helping you feel better physically. This can directly impact how you feel mentally as well. Are you getting enough fruits, vegetables, lean meats, whole grains, and dairy in your diet or are there gaps? A balanced diet can provide you with the energy needed to get through the day’s obstacles with key vitamins and minerals. You can promote optimum cellular health even more with dietary Cellsential supplements, which increase the amount of nutrients being delivered to your cells, just make sure that you don’t rely on them in place of a good diet.
Declutter Your Schedule
A busy schedule can be the thief of joy. If you have a mountain of responsibilities to accomplish each day, you barely have a moment to take a breath and really experience life. It is important for your mental health that you have the chance to take a break every once in a while to slow down and gain perspective. Even if your schedule is filled with activities that you love, it can be extremely draining for your energy levels when you are always on the move. This can have a severe impact on mental health. If possible, take a look at your calendar and see what activities are not essential. Maybe there is a social function you said yes to that could be eliminated. Though you might feel like you are missing out, taking a break to restore yourself will put you in a better headspace for the next gathering. Could you offload a responsibility to a trusted coworker or family member to reduce the clutter? Then take that step to declutter your calendar.
Think of Yourself More
Though most people would say that being less selfish is a good thing, there is still a place for prioritizing your own time and health. It is not selfish to want to take care of yourself. What are your mental health needs that need to be addressed? Is it an unhealthy relationship with social media? Is it a lack of gratitude for what you have? Does your unhealthy diet affect how you feel? Are you so busy that you never have a moment to process emotions?
Every week should have some space for you to care about your needs first. Examine your routines and see where you could make some of these changes, or find others that would work to invest in your mental health. Self-care is critical, and if you ignore it, other areas of your life will suffer.