Today is World Mental Health Day
We’re not experts on mental health, but we know that when you’re feeling down, sometimes it can feel like the whole world is against you. And that’s why it’s important to take care of yourself and make sure you’re looking after your physical and mental well-being.
We wanted to share with you some of the basic ways to look after yourself (these may seem cliché, but we know that some of you need to hear this today.)
1. Get enough sleep
This is something we feel like a lot of people don’t do enough of!
Most adults need 7-8 hours’ worth of sleep each night; if you’re not getting this much, try going to bed earlier or waking up earlier so that you get those extra hours in. And put your gadgets down at least an hour before bedtime!
2. Eat well
This means making sure that your diet is full of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, as well as avoiding processed foods and sugary treats. It’s also worth checking with your doctor if there are any foods or drinks that trigger headaches/anxiety for you – for example, some people find that caffeine does this for them. Get to know your body well – and don’t forget to hydrate!
3. Don’t let work take over your life
In today’s ‘hustle’ culture, we tend to think that more is better and consider working ourselves to our bones as a badge of honor. Say no when someone often asks you to do something outside of normal working hours – and people may actually respect you for being clear about what’s most important in your life. Be mindful of how much time you’re putting into your job and remember not to let it take over your identity in life.
4. Exercise regularly
Exercise can help reduce stress levels by releasing endorphins which make us feel happier! It also releases energy into our bodies which makes us more alert throughout the day!
These might be elementary, but hey, we do lose track of this as time and life go by – and this is a great time to remind you to prioritize your mental health! Do reach out to loved ones who might be silently suffering; as mental health issues may not be evident at a glance. We never know who is going through it – so let’s be kind to all and especially, ourselves.
We hope this day brings you some joy and comfort because of the progress we have made in diagnosing and treating mental health issues; we know that it can be hard to talk about mental health issues, but it’s important to remember: it’s not your fault, and there is help available.
Here’s to a healthy mind and a healthy body!