Every year, 20 percent of working Americans experience some kind of mental health issue, including depression, insomnia, and anxiety.
Unfortunately, many people don’t see mental wellness as equal to physical wellness. They might call in sick if they’re not feeling well physically but keep trying to “power through” mental wellness issues.
Let’s look at 5 simple ways you can improve your mental health.
1. Be More Mindful
Life comes at you fast and it’s easy to let yourself run on autopilot. That leads to burnout and your mental health and wellness can suffer.
Be mindful of where you are and what you’re doing. Think about it, don’t just respond out of habit.
2. Garbage In, Garbage Out
The internet, especially social media, gives us a never-ending stream of news and information. A lot of it is negative though.
There’s an old saying in the computer world – garbage in, garbage out. Meaning if you put bad data into a computer, you’ll get bad data out.
Your mental wellness is the same. If you feed it negative and hurtful information, that’s what you’re going to think about all the time.
That’s not to say you can’t use the internet for good things. There’s lots of positive information to be found and you can even use it for improving your mental health. This telemental health guide has more detail.
3. Forgive Yourself
We all make mistakes but unfortunately, they tend to stick with us longer than the things we do well. Dwelling on mistakes you’ve made or bad decisions in your past will impact your mental health.
Forgive yourself and move on from those things. Learn from them so you don’t do it again but don’t keep beating yourself up over it.
4. Forgive Others
Along the same lines, you need to do the same for other people. Forgiving other people for things they did to hurt you or mistakes they made in the past is as much about your own mental wellness as it is about them.
Let the past go and move on. You don’t have to forget about what happened, but letting yourself stop worrying about it is a healthy choice.
5. Take Care of the Rest of Your Body
Your physical health directly impacts your mental health so make sure you’re taking care of your body. Eat a healthy diet, get regular exercise, and get plenty of sleep.
If the rest of your body is fighting to keep up, it has fewer resources to help your mind stay healthy.
Your Mental Wellness Impacts the Rest of Your Life
If your mental wellness is not in great shape, it will impact a lot of other parts of your life. Your work, your relationships, your physical health, and the simple ability to get through the day can all suffer.
Spend some time taking care of yourself and all those parts of your life will improve.
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