Today is World Mental Health Day, a day that serves to help educate on mental health issues and raise awareness against the social stigma. Most of us know someone dealing with mental health issues or are dealing with them ourselves. In honor of World Mental Health Day, here are 5 ways to help support your mental health.
1. Surround yourself with Positive People
It may seem simple or even cliche, but who you surround yourself with can have a huge effect on your mental well-being. Make sure that the ones you call friends and family are adding positivity to your life and not being detrimental to your life. People who push you to be better, inspire you, and have goals in life are great people to be around.
2. Give Yourself Quiet Time/Meditation
Our brains can work a mile a minute at times, make sure you give it a rest. Whether its prayer, meditation, or simply some quiet time, it is essential that you set aside some time where you are not thinking about your current problems and issues.
3. Take time to laugh
We all know the age old saying "Laughter is medicine", and it truly is. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins and helps to reduce stress. So go see a funny movie, hang out with some funny friends, or simply watch some funny clips on youtube; your mind will thank you.
4. Take care of your physical health
Taking care of your physical health can improve your mental health. A few things you can do to ensure you are doing this are eating healthy foods, drinking water, exercising regularly, and getting adequate sleep. It's easier said than done for many people, but if you do, your body and mind will benefit greatly.
5. Avoid Drugs
Life can get stressful, and for many, turning to alcohol and drugs may seem like a quick fix. Self-medicating with alcohol and drugs however usually creates more problems. There are other ways to relax and de-stress such as meditation and exercise that won't lead to further problems!
We hope some of these straightforward tips serve as a reminder of some simple things we all can do to help out with our mental health.