Unlike physical, signs of mental health problems are difficult to recognize or may not be visible at first glance. However, good mental health is important for our overall well-being and can contribute a lot to helping us live a happy, stress-free and disease-free life. While there are some mental health disorders that can be genetic, many others arise from lifestyle factors such as stress, lack of sleep, exercise, sunlight, and self-care. One can take immediate measures for physical health conditions like fever, headache and muscle pain, but steps related to mental health are rarely taken. Brushing teeth, bathing, and eating, are things that people should do every day to have good mental health. (Also Read: World Mental Health Day: Panic Disorder to OCD; 5 Anxiety Disorders That Can Affect Your Mental Health)
On World Mental Health Day, Dr. Jyoti Kapoor, Founder-Director and senior psychiatrist, Manasthali, shares 10 everyday habits that can promote mental health.
Tips to Boost Mental Health
Taking care of your mental health is essential for overall well-being. Just as you prioritize physical fitness, it’s important to incorporate daily practices to maintain your mental health. Here are ten things you can do every day to boost emotional resilience and mental well-being.
1. Practice Mindfulness Meditation: Dedicate a few minutes each day to mindfulness meditation. It can help you stay grounded, reduce stress, and increase self-awareness.
2. Exercise regularly: Engage in physical activity you enjoy, whether it’s brisk walking, yoga, or a full workout. Exercise releases endorphins, which improve your mood.
3. Prioritize sleep: Aim for at least 8 hours of quality sleep each night. A well-rested mind is better equipped to handle daily stressors.
4. Connect with loved ones: Strengthen relationships with family and friends. Spending time with loved ones provides emotional support and strengthens your social relationships.
5. Control Screen Time: Set limits on screen time, especially on social media and news consumption. Excessive exposure to negative information can contribute to anxiety.
6. Practice Gratitude: Keep a gratitude journal and each day write down three things you are grateful for. This practice promotes a positive mindset.
7. Learn something new: Stimulate your mind by acquiring new skills or knowledge. It can boost confidence and keep your brain active.
8. Establish a Routine: Create a daily schedule that includes time for work, relaxation, and self-care. A routine provides structure and reduces uncertainty.
9. Express Yourself: Find creative outlets like art, writing, or music to express your feelings. This can be therapeutic and help you process emotions.
10. Seek professional help when needed: If you are struggling with your mental health, don’t hesitate to reach out to a mental health professional. Therapy can provide valuable support and coping strategies.