Almost 50% of Americans will deal with mental illness at some point in their lives. So, even if you can avoid becoming part of that statistic, you likely know someone who has joined or will join the ranks of those dealing with mental wellness.
The good news is there are things you can do to improve your mental health. Some of these things are relatively easy, while others require determination and stick-to-it-iveness. But the effort will be worthwhile. Here’s a look at five things to do for better mental health.
1. Talk to a Therapist
While some people think speaking to a therapist about their problems is taboo, nothing could be further from the truth. Depending on what you’re going through, you might get the type of help you might not otherwise receive. Speaking to a professional can help you unpack whatever is burdening you so that you know what you’re up against and learn how to deal with it.
So, instead of being burdened by problems too big for you to deal with independently, consider talking to a therapist with the skills needed to provide meaningful assistance.
2. Get Enough Sleep
How much sleep you need depends on factors like your age, but you should try to get at least seven or eight hours per night for optimal health. If you suffer from a chronic lack of sleep, you will be susceptible to health problems like the following:
- Kidney disease
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
Getting enough sleep is one thing, but getting quality sleep is another. You’re not getting quality sleep if you wake up often every night. If you’re not getting enough sleep, it’ll be hard to experience proper mental health. So, prioritize getting a good night’s sleep for your health.
3. Surround Yourself With Positive People
If your mental health isn’t where it should be, look at the company you keep. It’s best to surround yourself with positive people who help to build you up rather than take pleasure in tearing you down. Being around people with positive energy will rub off on you in a good way and help you be more positive yourself. Meanwhile, surrounding yourself with people who are polluting your personal space with their negative energy can jeopardize your mental health. While it might be hard, you might have to place more boundaries between some people in your life. And it might be necessary to part ways with some people for the good of your overall health.
4. Drink Enough Water
If you’re an adult man or woman, you should aim for 13 cups or nine cups of water, respectively, daily. The human body is largely composed of water, which is one reason you must prioritize sufficient water consumption. Studies show that people who don’t drink enough water regularly have higher risks of developing anxiety and depression. So, make sure to drinking water throughout the day. It’s good for your physical and mental health.
5. Get Enough Exercise
If you’re not exercising for at least half an hour a day, chances are you’re not getting enough physical activity. Exercise isn’t just about physical health. You can also enjoy better mental health by getting enough exercise and physical activity. So, the next time you walk during your lunch break at work or run on a treadmill in the morning, remember that you’re putting in the work to safeguard your mental health.
If you want to improve your mental health, remember these five things. Improving and protecting your mental health should be a priority. And the good news is that there are things you can do to achieve optimal mental wellness now and going forward.