Our mental health is never our fault - but it is our responsibility.Currently, around one in four people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives. As well as this, 450 million people worldwide have a mental health concern. Supporting our mental wellbeing is as vital as the support we would give our physical selves. If we had a sprained ankle we wouldn’t force ourselves to run! So with that in mind, here are some ways to look after your mental health.
Ways to Look After Your Mental Health
Your mind like your body needs to be cared for. There are some simple steps you can incorporate in to your daily life that can make a difference to your mental health. From getting adequate sleep to taking time out for yourself, here are some simple ways to look after your mental health.
Routine Could Support Mental Health
Establishing a routine for yourself is vital – even if it's something simple like setting aside 20 minutes daily to unwind and relax. Perhaps mindfulness or meditation aren’t for you just now, so why not pick a favourite herbal tea. Allow yourself time to brew it, sit with it, and enjoy it with no distractions.
No matter your concerns or anxieties, taking a small amount of time to yourself may not make a difference in overcoming them - but it will be beneficial for your wellbeing.
Create a Sleep Routine Too
Creating an appropriate sleep routine could provide you with great benefits. Being rested and allowing your mind time to process its thoughts allows you to come at your problems with a proactive approach. If you are struggling to sleep, perhaps consider valerian drops, the amino acid L-theanine, or a magnesium supplement.
There are other simple ways to look after your mental health such as setting goals. The most important part of setting goals is ensuring they are achievable. They don’t have to be training for a marathon (but amazing if they are!). A goal for the day could be upkeep of personal hygiene, getting enough sleep. Even simply ensuring you enjoy one nutritious and delicious meal.
Over time, what used to be daily goals can become part of your routine instead. This can free up some energy for new goals like taking a B vitamin each morning, spending time socialising or creating a budget. Over time, both goals and routines can bring a sense of not only stability but of self-worth.
Don't Be Afraid to Ask For Help
Keep in mind that your doctor is there to help you with any problem related to your mental health as well as physical health. Even minor problems can develop into something more serious over time if they're not addressed.
Don’t let your mental health affect your daily life without considering all the options available to you. Seeing your healthcare professional regularly can help you to learn more about the support available to you. It also helps them to better understand your needs.
Please note, this blog is for informational purposes only and should not replace medical advice.
It’s always best to consult your doctor before taking any new supplements, treatments or remedies if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or on medication.
Checked and updated: 5 September 2021