Moving towards Better Mental Health
Moving towards Better Mental Health
By Patricia Romero, Heal Collective
Let’s talk about mental health
Talking about mental health is increasingly popular. We now have many charities and campaigns talking about it, such as Mental Health Awareness Week. Held in May every year, it raises awareness about mental health which is affecting millions of people in the UK and the world.
Yet the fight is far from over. In the UK, one in four people suffer form a mental health condition, according to the Mental Health Foundation. Many people have a hard time opening up about their struggle and asking for help when they suffer from anxiety and depression.
What are the challenges we are facing?
It’s difficult to evaluate the efforts to fight mental health compared to physical health because the results are not as obvious. Our mental health is constantly evolving. There’s always good and bad days and sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint why we’re not feeling as our best self. I know, I’ve struggled with the many lows of anxiety and depression. I’ve often suffered alone, and taking it out on those around me, when I didn’t have the tools to fight against or even acknowledge certain issues like I have today.
I’ve learned a few things along the way which have helped me get a better sense of self and clarity. These are by no means a rulebook, but only nudges that I’ve found have made me happier and more resilient.
Daily tips to help you improve mental health
One of the most important things on my journey has been to practice self-awareness. It is the first step towards positive change. By recognising who you are, your strengths and weaknesses, your thoughts and beliefs, your emotions, and your motivations you will be able to open up about your struggle to the world and the people around you. As an over-thinker by nature, I’ve had to change my thought-process and ask myself why I would be feeling or acting a certain way. I’m working on this everyday and I notice that when I’m more aware of my thoughts, it’s easier to distance myself from bad emotions.
Nourish and care for your body
Not only do you need to take care of your mind, but also of your body. Eating nutrient-packed foods will directly effect the way you feel, as many studies have shown in the“gut-brain connection”. Apart from food, you need to make sure you are being active and getting enough sleep. If you’re anything like me, less than eight hours of sleep will make you throw fully-fledged tantrums.
Acknowledge your everyday actions. Acknowledge who you are and what you stand for and be thankful to yourself for doing and being your best at any given moment. Forgive yourself when you slip up and move on, look at tomorrow like a new beginning.
Find your balance
Finding the right balance in nutrition, exercise and rest is important. It’s hard to balance that with a job and a social life. But it’s not about ‘having it all’, because that is nearly impossible. Make sure you get enough sleep and have some time to yourself. Sometimes saying no to plans is the decision you can make.
Make time for creativity and doing what you love
It’s okay not to have your dream job, not many people do. But it’s crucial to keep doing what makes you happy, whether you’re passionate about something creative or you want to spend money on a fulfilling activity.
Invest in people who enrich your life
Those who will bring positivity to your life are the ones you will support and challenge you to be the best version of yourself. Cherish those people who lift you up and stay by your side even when you don’t want them to. Invest yourself in those relationships because they are the ones who will stay.
Build a support network
It’s always easier to go further when you have a supportive network or community. They can be your friends, family, coworkers or a community of like-minded individuals, as long as you’re willing to share what you’re going through with them. Together, you’ll will work towards a better and more authentic version of yourself.
Most of all, acknowledge that this is a journey. Even the small steps can take you far and give you the confidence to end places you would have never imagined reaching.
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What do you do to maintain your mental health?