10 Ways To Prioritise Mental Wellness This World Health Day
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10 ways to prioritise mental wellness this World Health Day
Mental illness has been stigmatised, which has led to many people feeling ashamed or embarrassed to seek help. However, there has been a growing recognition of the importance of mental health and the need to prioritise it alongside physical health. World Health Day is an excellent opportunity to reflect on prioritising mental health and develop a mental health care plan. Here are ten ways you can prioritise mental health for yourself and for others around you:
1. Achieve a healthy work-life balance by setting boundaries, prioritising self-care, and making time for activities that bring joy and relaxation. It's essential to recognise the importance of balancing work and personal life for our mental and emotional well-being. It can lead to improved productivity, job satisfaction, and overall quality of life.
2. Eat a healthy diet and get enough sleep to improve mood and cognitive function. Include a well-balanced diet that includes nutrient-rich foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Most adults need 7-8 hours of sleep per night, although individual needs can vary. To promote good sleep, it's important to establish a regular sleep routine.
3. Limit screen time to prevent disturbances in sleep, reduced performance, anxiety, and mood disturbances.
4. Exercise regularly to improve mood and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.
5. Manage stress with healthy coping mechanisms like deep breathing or journaling.
6. Connect with others to reduce loneliness and improve emotional well-being. Maintain positive relationships with family, friends, and other supportive people, can help improve psychological health and support immunity.
7. Practice mindfulness, such as meditation, to reduce feelings of anxiety and stress.
8. Engage in activities you enjoy to improve mood and reduce stress. When we do things we enjoy, our brains release dopamine, a neurotransmitter that is associated with pleasure and reward. This can help us feel happier, more relaxed, and less stressed.
9. Educate yourself and talk about mental health to break down the stigma. Discussing mental health openly and honestly can help normalise the topic.
10. Seek professional help from clinical psychologist or psychiatrist if you are struggling with your mental health and encourage others also to seek help if needed.
Prioritising mental health requires commitment and effort. By taking care of our mental health, we can improve our overall wellbeing, enhance our relationships, and achieve greater success in our personal and professional lives.
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