Developing Healthy Habits That Support Your Mental Health & Well-being
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is key to a happy, balanced life. When we’re well rested, eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly, we are happier and more productive. This can also help us feel better and look better – plus, it’s great for our overall health. But what exactly makes up a healthy lifestyle? We’ve compiled some of the best habits that support your mental health and well-being:
Get enough sleep.
Sleep is an important part of maintaining your mental health and well-being. Getting enough sleep can help you:
- Feel more energized throughout the day, which can make it easier for you to complete tasks at work or school
- Deal with stress more effectively, as lack of sleep can cause problems in regulating emotions
- Think more clearly and make better decisions, since lack of sleep can lead to cognitive impairment
Eat a healthy diet.
One of the best things you can do for your mental health is to eat a healthy diet. A balanced diet will provide you with all the nutrients that your body needs, including vitamins and minerals. While it’s important not to go overboard with any one food group, it’s also important not to deprive yourself of anything completely–you should aim for moderation in everything!
To start off on the right track:
- Eat whole grains instead of refined ones like white bread or pasta (which have been stripped of their fibre). Grains like whole wheat bread and brown rice are much better options because they contain more vitamins and minerals than processed versions do; plus they’re higher in fibre which helps keep blood sugar levels steady throughout the day. Don’t let the day go by without eating anything else then suddenly realizing “oh no! I haven’t eaten since breakfast yesterday morning!”
- Choose fruits over sugary snacks like candy bars when hungry between meals because although both may satisfy hunger temporarily due to their high glycemic index values (GI), only one contains essential nutrients needed for proper brain function while the other provides nothing except empty calories which means extra pounds gained over time.
Exercise is one of the best ways to improve your mental health and well-being. It can help you sleep better, manage stress and anxiety more effectively, lose weight (if needed), maintain a healthy weight, prevent heart disease, boost self-esteem and confidence–the list goes on!
If you’re not already exercising regularly or if it’s been awhile since you’ve exercised in general, start small by making some changes in how often and how long each time that you exercise. You don’t need to join a gym or spend hours on end working out; even just taking 10 minutes every day after work will make all the difference!
Maintain a regular routine.
When you’re struggling with depression or anxiety, it can be hard to get out of bed in the morning. It’s tempting to just stay where you are and let yourself wallow in your negative thoughts. But if this is a pattern that persists over time, it can lead to feeling even more depressed or anxious–and eventually lead to clinical depression or anxiety disorder diagnosis.
Routines are important because they give us structure and predictability; they help us feel like we have some control over our lives when everything else feels out of control. They also force us into regular social interactions (which may seem daunting at first) but then become easier after repeated practice.
This can help you feel better, look better and live longer
Sleep is important for mental health.
Eating healthy helps you feel better.
Exercise helps you feel better, too!
Staying on schedule will help keep your life in order and keep you on track with the rest of your day-to-day activities
We hope that you found this article helpful. We know that it can be hard to make changes in your life, but the rewards are worth it! If you’re struggling with any of these topics, please reach out for help. You can always call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or chat online with a counselor.
You can go deeper with my last article “How to Overcome Negative Thoughts and Embrace Positive Thinking”
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