When thinking about maintaining your health, annual physical exams, preventative screenings, and vaccinations often come to mind. While it is important to utilize measures to look after your physical well-being, it’s just as important to prioritize the care of mental and emotional health needs. Making mental and emotional health a priority can not only boost resiliency, but can also contribute to a healthier and happier you.
Mental health is defined by The World Health Organization as, “a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and can make contributions to his or her community.” Incorporating a few of these suggestions daily can increase your overall well-being.
Sleep has a huge impact on physical and emotional health. Beside the physiological health issues caused by not getting enough sleep, the psychological effects can wreak havoc on the mind. Getting at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep can improve mood and cognition.
Whether it is going for a walk around the block or eating lunch outside, spending a few minutes of the day outside can boost the mood and refresh the mind. Studies have proven that spending time outside can even reduce fatigue, providing a great option to overcome symptoms of depression or burnout.
Spend Quality Time with Friends and Loved Ones
Spending time with friends or loved ones is almost always a guarantee to make you feel connected and at ease. Regardless of the ups-and-downs that life may hold, relationships with others can provide support and comfort through the good and bad. NOTE: Please use caution and follow the CDC guidelines for gathering with others.
While it may be impossible to go to the gym every day, try to incorporate other exercises, such as yoga, walking, or an at-home routine, which may be easier to fit into your schedule. Some form of daily exercise can reduce stress and anxiety, while also helping you stay in shape.
Cultivate a Hobby
While you may not be able to control your work schedule, you can incorporate some of your favorite activities into your busy life. Spending a few minutes of your day riding your bike, reading, or practicing yoga can boost your mood while also decreasing stress.
Unplug and Recharge
Sometimes something as easy as putting down your phone or spending the day off of social media can add to your happiness and productivity. Also, eliminating gadgets one hour before bedtime and one hour upon waking up is beneficial in being mindful and present.
Making time for self-care does not have to be time consuming, strenuous, or expensive. A few minor adjustments in your daily routine can have multiple benefits on your physical and mental health, thereby increasing your overall wellness.