Simple Ways To Protect Your Mental Health
As the end of the year approaches, we will be inundated with advertisements for gyms, fitness DVDs and trendy diet plans. While it’s brilliant to start the year with great intentions to be the best you, it is important to not focus all your attention on your physical health. All too often, we define health as a physical entity, but the word health encompasses the mind too. If you’re looking for ideas for resolutions that will benefit you enormously, why not take steps to protect and improve your mental health in 2019?
We’re getting to a stage where it’s increasingly acceptable to talk about mental health, but that doesn’t mean everyone is comfortable with opening up. If you had a backache or the flu, you’d probably be fine with telling your colleagues or your friends about it, but with mental health, we tend to put up a barrier. Next year, try and be more open. Talk about how you feel, and ask others to share their thoughts and feelings. If you get used to talking, it will become second nature, and your approach may also encourage others to feel more confident too. If you’ve got something on your mind, however small or innocuous it seems, don’t be afraid to share it.
Take time out
If you took a moment to reflect on the last 12 months, what would your overriding feelings be? Do you feel like it’s flown by? Have you spent too much time working and not enough time playing? Have you felt like you’ve been swimming against the tide or trying to climb an uphill mountain? We all go through patches when there aren’t enough hours in the day, but if you feel like you’re constantly up against the clock, you need to make changes. You can’t live at 100 miles per hour all the time. Make a concerted effort to slow down, take a little time off, and relax. Take a day to chill out and catch up with your favorite boxset, meet up with friends or look into options like retreat centers or wellness breaks. If you’ve got a packed diary, and you’re running around after others constantly, make sure you schedule some time for yourself.
Be kinder to yourself
Be honest. Do you criticize yourself or judge yourself according to impossibly high standards? Many of us are harsh on ourselves, and sometimes, this can have a negative impact on our wellbeing. Think about how you treat your loved ones and closest friends and then compare that to how you treat yourself. There’s nothing wrong with being ambitious and having goals, but don’t put yourself down or apply too much pressure. Be gentle with your emotions, and try not to compare yourself to others.
When we talk about health, we tend to focus on diet and exercise. Mental health often takes a back seat, but it’s equally important. If you’re keen to boost your health in 2019, don’t just take a vow to exercise more. Make sure you factor in your psychological wellbeing too.