A healthy mind is just as important as a healthy body. Often than not, we forget just how important it is to form habits that ensure that you’re happy, confident, and secure. It can be as simple as eating well and getting plenty of exercises, but what can you do to encourage and improve your mental well-being? This post got you covered. We, ReadersMagnet, identify practices to ensure that you’re emotionally strong, resilient, and content.
Here are the mental health habits to practice daily.
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is essential. It is as important to our bodies as eating and breathing. And it is especially vital for maintaining good mental health. Sleep for the brain is like gas for a car. When the tank is full, the car can get us anywhere we need to be. But without fuel, the car stops running. Our brains operate in a similar way. Without enough rest or sleep, the mind begins to slow, unable to operate at its full potential. The mechanisms of sleep and mental health are intimately related, given that it’s during sleep that we process our emotions and memories. So, make sure to have an established sleep schedule and stick to it!
The mindfulness technique is probably the best habit for encouraging mental health. It is arguably the most valuable skill you can have for avoiding or furthering depression, anxiety, and many other mental health issues. It teaches you to try and focus on how you are feeling in the moment and pay attention to physical sensations and emotional reactions.
Author of Bipolar Chronicles, Diana Grippo, went through the same healing journey, where she connected with herself, knowing the self, and growing emotionally and mentally, and spiritually. This approach helps in figuring out what exactly is going on in your life.
While research is still progressing in mindfulness, enough evidence has suggested the benefits of mindfulness to health and well-being, from helping with a number of conditions to a person’s relationship with others.
Give Yourself a Break
We live in a fast-paced, high-pressure world. With social media and the internet in the mix, we’re always on the go, absorbing information and responding emotionally. In some ways, this is great considering that we’re more connected than ever before. On the other hand, it has caused many people stress, anxiety, pressure, and overwhelm. All that hustle and bustle can feel productive—that is until you’re exhausted, overextended, overwhelmed, and ready to snap.
That being the case, go easy on yourself. Leave your phones face down in your bedroom and immerse in nature. Maybe practice some self-care. Just make sure to put aside some time for yourself to recuperate. It’s alright to have some slow days to focus on things that relax and make you feel happy, whatever those things are.
Express Yourself in Writing
Writing is great therapy and can help you manage stress or mental health problems. You can quickly relieve stress by being open about your thoughts, feelings, and concerns in writing—stress management is an important part of living well with mental illness. It doesn’t have to be journal writing; you can even write a book, like Diana Grippo. The life of every person is a diary waiting to be written and read to other people. You can be totally honest, writing down your feelings and challenges with mental health to release pent-up emotions. Try it today, and you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel after putting pen to paper.
Pair these powerful habits with the three central coping mechanisms highlighted in Bipolar Chronicles, Diana Grippo’s book on the journey of being bipolar, and you’ll definitely improve your overall well-being. With immediate and consistent action, people living with a mental disorder—even those without—can manage their conditions, overcome challenges, and lead meaningful, productive lives.