When you don’t feel physically well, you’re likely to give in and take care of your illness until you get better. You rest, relax and say no to things you don’t feel up to doing. But do you do the same and put yourself first when you’re feeling overworked, stressed, angry or sad?
Chances are you don’t. You may think there’s not much you can do about. Or you don’t think it’s important enough to figure out what you can do to feel better. But you should. According to Office on Women’s Health, good mental health allows you to cope with daily stresses and accomplish personal goals in a health manner. Long-term stress can cause headaches, stomach aches or serious health issues.
Mental Health = Healthy You
Feeling good mentally is as important as feeling good physically. Your mental health affects how you feel, what you think and how you behave every day. It impacts your ability to work, play, interact with others and cope with challenges. You’re busy taking care of everything in your life, but it’s important not to forget your needs too.
Although you can’t control everything affecting your mental health, here are some things you can do to stay mentally and emotionally healthy.
Prioritize “me” time
We’re all so busy being busy that we forget we need time for ourselves. Carve out time in your day to exercise, write in a journal or listen to music. Stop burning the candle at both ends so you can enjoy more time to yourself.
Cut yourself some slack
We tend to be much harder on ourselves than we are on others. Set more realistic goals. Let yourself enjoy a sense of accomplishment rather than always feeling like you’re not quite getting it done.
Need Some Guidance?
Health professionals are here to support your self-care. Use these tips and talk it out with your primary care doctor.
Enjoy a vacation splurge
You know how there are certain things you only do on vacation? Stop waiting. Find ways to fit the things that bring you joy and help you relax into your everyday life.
You may be surprised by what a few minutes of clearing your mind can do for your soul. Find a quiet place and just sit, clear your head and focus on your breathing. It may take some practice to get rid of those distracting thoughts, but it’s worth it.
Talk it out
When you are feeling stressed, sad or angry, talk to someone. You may get some good insight or advice. The conversation may simply give you a way to unload bottled-up emotions. Either way, you’ll likely walk away feeling better.
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