Did you know one in four of us is affected by a mental health disorder at some point in our lives? Despite this, so many of us don’t prioritise our mental wellbeing.
Here at Sleepeezee, we know our mental health plays a pivotal role in our overall well being. We’ve listed eight ways you can show your mental health some love below. Whether you embrace one, a couple or all eight, it’s up to you. Just remember to take some me-time once in a while. Your mental health will thank you for it.
Talk It Out
We get it, talking about mental health is sometimes easier said than done, but there’s truth in the old adage ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’. Bottling up stress, anxious or negative thinking can build up and feel worse over time. So grab a pal, your other half, or a trusted colleague and have a little chat. It doesn’t have to be much or too deep, but you might find it releases some tension.
Moderate exercise has been proven to help improve your mood and general wellbeing, by releasing endorphins. So, whether you prefer getting your heart rate up by swimming lengths or on a brisk walk in the park, aim to exercise for around 150 minutes a week.
Stick To A Routine
Having a routine helps us feel grounded in times of uncertainty. Whether it’s waking up at the same time each morning, going outdoors every afternoon or winding down the same way each night, it can work wonders for our mental health.
Shut It Down
Lots of studies suggest spending hours scrolling on your phone can have negative effects on our mental health. So try stepping away from your screen for an hour each evening and spend time doing something else you enjoy.
Ditch The Alcohol
A few gins down the pub might leave you feeling warm and fuzzy, but the effect is temporary. Drinking alcohol can exacerbate low mood, be demotivating, impact physical health, and disturb your sleep.
Having a healthy, balanced diet will impact how we feel from day to day. Ensuring we eat right will leave us feeling healthy and energised.
Do Something For Yourself
From enjoying your favourite hobby, learning something new or simply taking time to relax, it’s
important to do things that make you happy.
Saved the best until last! Sleep is essential to both physical and mental health, but catching those Zzz’s isn’t always easy. We’ve got a host of sleep tips over on our blog, and of course, a comfortable bed helps!
When looking after your mental health, it’s sometimes good to start small and think flexibly. Much like sleep routines, self-care feels different to everyone!