5 Ways To Prioritise Your Mental Health
The need to prioritise your mental health has never been so important as we are experiencing now during the pandemic. We all hope it will be over soon, but it has become apparent to many that their mental health has suffered from all that we have been through.
But how do you prioritise your mental health? How can you set boundaries and put limits on activities you will uncomfortable with? Do you try and tough it out and cope with how you feel, or do you need help? Many of us have been affected mentally by Covid, and the world’s governments realise this. There has never been such an important time to ensure you are looking after your mental wellbeing.
As lockdowns worldwide are lifted, we face “what is now normal”, it didn’t take long for us to cocoon ourselves, but it will take us longer to build trust and resistance up with each other to get back into our routines. Then there is always the thought, what if it mutates and we have to do it all again.
Many in this world still have not had their vaccine, and there is no guarantee a new strain is not imminent. However, we cannot control this; all we can control is how we react to any situation, which is an important part of managing your mental health.
There are many ways to prioritise your mental health, and I will list 5 of the ones I find most useful.
Prioritise Your Mental Health
1. Dealing With Stress and Anxiety
When we get stressed or anxious, it affects us mentally and physically, and long term, it can really harm our health and cause problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. We need to nip it in the bud before it progresses. I have written an article on tips and tricks for dealing with anxiety, and many of the suggestions will be of use in reducing anxiety attacks.
You need to move your body; yes, I mean exercise, sorry about that. It could just be dancing to your favourite tune; this will help reduce the flight or flight symptoms you may be experiencing.
The last thing you will probably want to do is put on a lively bit of music and start dancing, but exercise releases feel-good chemicals called endorphins, and you need these to help you feel better and more in control.
In the long term, you will want to reduce caffeine intake, and if you smoke, you need to reduce this or stop smoking as it can alter your brain pathways and create greater anxiety, according to a research study in 2013.
2. Have a Laugh
As the old saying goes, laughter is the best medicine, and it still holds today. There are even laughter classes where people attend to let out a good belly laugh. When we laugh, all manner of things happens to our bodies and brains.
Laughter makes you inhale oxygen at a greater rate, which is good for the body and gets your body moving and reacting. Have you ever felt hot during a good laugh and then cool after? This is the body’s natural reaction to laughter which will help relieve stress. Your muscles will relax, and it will improve your mood.
If you feel overwhelmed by the day, you need to watch a comedy that will make you laugh. Replay the funniest moments over and over again. You want to get as much laughter out as possible. It will help you beat stress and anxiety.
3. Chamomile Tea
There has been quite a lot of research regarding the effects of chamomile tea, and it’s a benefit for mental health, and it is one tea you want in your cupboards to help prioritise your mental health.
Chamomile contains Apigenin which is thought to reduce anxiety, and many people swear by a cup of chamomile tea to help them destress after a hard day at work. I, for one, know that drinking a cup of chamomile tea leaves me feeling more relaxed.
[AF] If you are looking to broaden your tea horizons, then the Art of Tea could be your next port of call as they are experts in the tea arena, and you can buy chamomile from them to help soothe a stressful disposition.
I have written many articles on self-care for depression and anxiety to bipolar disorder, and it is an important thing you must do to prioritise your mental health.
Some people think self-care is a bit selfish, but it is not. If you are the last on your list to be looked after, your mental health will suffer; you need to take time-outs for yourself, which could mean taking an extra ten minutes in a luxurious bubble bath or spend time getting an extra hours sleep.
If you don’t take opportunities when they arise to look after yourself, your mental wellbeing will be knocked out of kilter. If you go down, who will look after the ones you care about, so it is not a selfish act. It is a necessity.
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After all the events we have been through, from the loss of loved ones to the turmoil of changing our lives completely, it is not surprising many of us are suffering from grief in one form or another. This is where counselling comes in.
You don’t need to be diagnosed with a mental health issue to get counselling; it is there for when you need someone professional to talk to.
If you cannot get to see a local counsellor, you will be pleased to know many have gone online and are available for video therapy or text counselling. Talking about your concerns will help you gain more control over your thoughts and feelings, and this, in turn, will reduce your stress levels.
I hope these suggestions will help you with your journey to maintaining mental wellness or the start of improving it. Please leave any questions in the comment section, and I will reply or leave a comment on how you improve your mental health.
Peace & Blessings