6 Ways To Prioritize Your Mental Health

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You exercise to stay fit and take medicine when you start to feel sick, right? Mental health should be treated in the same health-conscious, preventative way.

That said, prioritizing your mental health isn’t easy — especially in today’s fast-paced world. Many of us don’t check in on our mental health because we don’t have the time. But if you don’t make time, your mental health might start negatively impacting your day-to-day life. Keep reading to learn six ways you can make your mental health a priority.

1. Contact a Professional

It’s important to remember that everyone will struggle with their mental health at one point or another. There’s nothing to be ashamed of. Even so, you might not feel comfortable talking about your mental health with your friends and family.

If that’s the case, you should consider speaking to a professional. You can do so through in-person sessions, or you can opt for mental health treatment online. These options allow you the opportunity to address your challenges with a qualified provider and/or receive required medications.

It’s important to know that finding the right therapist can take time. While many may be qualified to provide therapy, it has to be a personality fit, too. After all, you’re looking for someone you feel comfortable enough to share your innermost thoughts with. You might have to go through a few therapists to find the perfect one for you.

2. Move Your Body

Getting active is one of the best things you can do for your mental health. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins. These endorphins create a positive emotion, often described as euphoria. Furthermore, if you exercise outdoors, you could boost your levels of Vitamin D, improving your overall mood twofold.

Keep in mind that you don’t have to work up a sweat to achieve these benefits. Mild to moderate exercise is more than enough. For example, you could go on a walk, take a yoga class, or go on a bike ride. The goal is to find a type of exercise you actually enjoy so you’re more likely to stick with it.

3. Practice Self-Care

Chances are, you spend more time making sure other people are happy than making sure you’re happy. While that makes you a great person, you’ll eventually burn out from always putting other people first. That’s why practicing self-care is so important. It gives you an opportunity to focus on yourself.

Contrary to what’s portrayed in the media, self-care doesn’t mean spending hundreds of dollars on facials or massages. Self-care is about doing what you enjoy, and that looks different for everyone. To you, self-care might mean taking yourself out for dinner or reading a book. If it puts a smile on your face and isn’t for someone else, it’s self-care.

4. Eliminate Habitual Stressors

Avoiding prolonged and major stressors is so important to achieving good mental health. But unfortunately, many of us settle for things that don’t make us happy. It’s time to stop.

Are there things in your life that routinely cause you distress? For example, maybe you’re in a toxic relationship or your job is overly stressful. It’s important for you to identify what’s not bringing you joy and fix it.

Now, we’re not suggesting you quit your job because you don’t absolutely love your boss. However, if your job is the reason you’re constantly in a bad mood and stressed, you might want to start looking for another opportunity.

If you’re unsure what’s negatively impacting your life, consider journaling. By writing about your day, you’ll be able to see the common denominator and hopefully make a change.

5. Get Organized

Have you heard the saying, “A messy home is a messy mind?” It’s no secret clutter can have a negative impact on your mental health. A recent study found an association between cluttered homes and feelings of depression, fatigue, and the stress hormone cortisol in women.

To improve your mental health, consider spending time decluttering and getting organized. First, start by sorting through your items. Figure out what no longer serves you, and consider selling or donating it.

The next step is to clean your home. Wipe down your bathroom, pantry shelves, and your desk. Make your bed, vacuum, and tidy your kitchen. While cleaning takes time, the end result is a more open home and mind.

6. Avoid Negative Self-Talk

The truth is, many people are their own worst bully. Instead of affirming your positive traits, you likely spend time pointing out the negative. It’s that negative self-talk that makes it difficult to live your best life. Unfortunately, stopping this habit isn’t easy.

First, pay attention to your thoughts and notice when they’re negative. Then you have to interrupt those thoughts and replace them with something positive. For example, instead of thinking, “I will never find someone,” try to reframe that thought. Instead, think “I have a lot of positive characteristics the right person will like.”

A good rule of thumb is to talk to yourself the way you’d talk to a friend. Be encouraging and uplifting. Another way to encourage positive self-talk is to find something you like about yourself every day and voice it aloud. You’ll be surprised to see how many positive traits you don’t give yourself credit for.

There’s a common misconception that prioritizing mental health isn’t as important as our physical health. But the reality is quite the opposite. Mental and physical health are interdependent — you can’t be happy without both. Make your mental health a priority with these six tips. You, your family, and your friends will be better off for it.

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