Top Tips to Better Mental Health
The Coronavirus pandemic has impacted everyone’s mental health in one way or another. Some people find themselves ‘comfort eating’, while others have trouble sleeping. Serious mental health issues such as anxiety and depression are on the increase in the teenage demographic. In this article, we’re going to explore ways to manage your mental health in a positive, sustainable way.
Truly sunny days are few and far in between in the UK, but it is imperative to spend time outdoors every day. Even if the sun isn’t warm, it is still feeding you with natural Vitamin D. You don’t need to venture far from your home. Simply tend to your garden, enjoy a cup of tea outside, or take a short walk around your neighbourhood. We recommend spending twenty to thirty minutes outside every day.
Exercise & Nutrition
A quick workout at least three times per week will impact your mental health in a positive way because of the endorphins released within your brain. There is an extensive selection of home workout videos available on YouTube which are suited to all levels of fitness.
Another contributor to mental wellbeing is food. Making healthy food choices will fuel your body and brain constructively. Certainly endorphins are released when eating a chocolate bar, but the positive effects are short-lived. Changing your eating habits may be difficult, especially if they have been handed down through generations. Consulting a trained professional such as a nutritionist or counsellor from Bristol Counselling and Psychotherapy online is an excellent first step to improving your relationship with food.
Limit Exposure to Social Media and News
Staying in touch with loved ones through different channels is important, but there is a great deal of misinformation doing the rounds on social media. The platforms are doing their utmost to limit it, but many people are often exposed to it before it gets taken down. Older generations who don’t know how to verify the proverbial wheat from the chaff often believe what they read online.
The same principle applies to the news. While the information shared with viewers and listeners is verified, much of the broadcast is still dedicated to the negative impact of Covid-19 or other discouraging world events. The constant onslaught of disparaging information, even about situations over which we have no control, can lead to mental health illnesses such as anxiety and depression.
A healthy sleep pattern is also vital to maintaining excellent mental wellbeing. If you find yourself in a negative sleep cycle, there are healthy steps you can take to slowly reverse the process. Establish a rest routine. Set a specific time to go to bed every night and stick to it, avoid any screen time for at least an hour before your bedtime, and have a cup of soothing chamomile or lavender tea to induce a feeling of calm and relaxation around the same time you put your mobile phone away or switch the television off. If you find yourself still having extensive bouts of insomnia, there may be underlying issues that require the intervention of a mental health professional.
If you or someone you love is exhibiting symptoms of low mental health, try our helpful tips above, and remember that help is always available.