Every once in a while we can feel low. For some people, this occurs more often than they’d like leading to chronic depression or anxiety. Other people may encounter some trauma in their lives and have to endure an acute period of readjustment that can lead to feelings of loneliness, isolation, stress and anxiety. It doesn’t matter how you are suffering with your mental health, there are ways which you can aid in your recovery. There are no quick fixes, and you may find your recovery period very much a rollercoaster ride. However, with medical intervention and by following these three steps, you can see an improvement in your mental well being.
Please remember these steps are basic proactive steps. These are not here to help with already established and chronic mental illnesses, as those often require therapy or outside forms of help. These are to be proactive within yourself, and possibly stop a few symptoms before they start!
Do Something New
Although it may be a struggle some mornings to even get out of bed, you should make an effort to embark on something new in your life. This might be taking a jaunt overseas to immerse yourself in a new culture, learning a new musical instrument or rustling up a storm in the kitchen by taking a cookery course. You might even want to invest in some restaurant quality aprons, a set of sharp chef’s knives and some recipe books. By focusing on something creative, you may be able to channel your negative and more intrusive thoughts down a healthier avenue. When trialling a new activity, you can’t help but have to concentrate more, meaning that other more damaging ways of thinking are halted at least temporarily. Keeping yourself busy and trying to establish a routine can aid you in the quest of overcoming your mental health problems.
Alongside medication, or even as an alternative to medication, doctors will now choose to prescribe a course of cognitive behavioural therapy or mindfulness. Both of these strategies attempt to alter the way you approach stress and negativity in your life. Instead of worrying about what might happen, you are taught how to live in the moment, enjoy the present and recognise that future possibilities may not even happen, so there’s no point in dwelling on them. Coupled with meditation, yoga or pilates and you could learn some breathing exercises to complement your mindfulness knowledge.
Everyone has heard about how hugging trees can lift your mood. While it sounds like a load of nonsense, studies have been carried out that tend to show that people who spend at least some time outdoors every day have a more positive frame of mind and class themselves as happy and content. Natural sunlight can help our body clocks, allow us to sleep easier at night and enable us to acquire much-needed Vitamin D. So next time you find your thoughts running away with you, take a stroll to the park, go for a jog or simply sit in the garden to clear your head.
Always remember to talk things through with friends and family to alleviate some of the burdens you inevitably feel with mental illness. While banishing mental health problems forever is most likely impossible, these three simple strategies will help enhance your own personal well being – therefore helping your mental health!