Take care of your physical health
Actively taking care of your physical health can help you stay mentally healthy. Eat fresh food that is rich in nutrients and get enough sleep, so that your body and mind can heal from daily stresses.
Exercise, get some fresh air
Daily exposure to sunlight helps avoid depression. Physical activity can boost your energy, reduce your stress and your mental fatigue.
Take care of yourself
Make self care a priority by expressing your own emotions constructively, setting time for relaxation and to attend to your own emotional needs. Do something that you find relaxing: read a book, listen to music, or go to the spa.
Spend time with people whose company you enjoy
Having healthy relationships increases your sense of emotional wellbeing. Have lunch with a colleague, or make plans to meet a friend for coffee. Spend quality time with family. No technology can replace a smile or a hug.
Pursue a hobby, learn something new
Hobbies help you overcome stress, increase self-esteem and offer an outlet for your emotions. Learning something new helps you create new patterns of thinking, increases your confidence levels, and prepares you to face challenges and meet new people.
Manage your stress
It’s not always possible to stay away from stress; it is crucial to know what stresses we can avoid, and what we can’t. Learn skills that help you handle stress when it arises. Find a strategy that can help you cope – meditating, listening to music, going for a walk, or speaking to a friend.
Staying emotionally healthy
We all exercise, diet, go to the doctor for annual check-ups and do several other things to care for your physical health. Caring for our mental health is equally important.
Read on to know what you can do to keep yourself mentally and emotionally fit.
Understand and accept yourself
It’s perfectly okay not to be perfect. Set realistic goals; try to assess your limitations and draw boundaries; learn to say ‘no’ when you are overwhelmed.
Count your blessings
Practicing daily gratitude boosts your mental health. Maintain a gratitude journal; before you go to bed every day, write down what you are thankful for. Being grateful for what we have helps us lose focus over what we don’t.
All emotions are worthy and essential. Suppressing emotions (particularly those we think of as ‘negative’) can be harmful; expressing them helps relieve stress and de-clutter the mind. Learn to express your emotions in a healthy manner.
Ask for help when you need it
When you feel overwhelmed, speak to someone you trust. If you need further support, get in touch with a physician or counselor. There is no shame in knowing our limitations and asking for help. Resilient people use available support systems to help them care for themselves.