While working out and eating right get most of the publicity when it comes to a healthy lifestyle, many people overlook their mental health as a key factor for living a happy and healthy life. The fact is, mental health is just as important as physical health, and often the two are closely correlated.
If we get a cut, we’ll automatically bandage it. If we feel sick, we’ll take some medicine. Then why is it that many people just ignore it when they are feeling hurt emotionally or mentally. There is no easy bandage or medicine to take to heal emotional scars, but that does not mean they are not as harmful as the scrapes and bruises left from an untimely fall. We shouldn’t leave our mental scars untreated. There are many things that an individual can do to take control of their mental health. Check out these tips that can improve your mental health in your day to day life.
1. Know your value
It is important to realize your accomplishments and take pride in all that you have done. It is easy to what other people are achieving and feel like you should be doing the same thing. But often, there are plenty of achievements that you have done that have others looking to you the same way. Many people play down their own accomplishments to themselves. It is important to take a step back every once and a while and realize what you have done and how valuable you are to the people around you. This could be in work, with family, and even with relationships. Once you realize your importance in many people’s lives, you can stop comparing yourself to other people. You don’t need to criticize yourself after every little thing.
2. Spend time with good people
Surrounding yourself with good people who make you feel good about yourself is a great way to boost your self-esteem. Take a look at the people who you surround yourself with. If you can identify people who are toxic to your mental health, it may be a good idea to start distancing yourself from them. Life is too short to hang out with people who bring you down.
3. Take your vitamins
While the personal changes you make can help mental health, it is important you are getting enough B12 vitamins in your body as well. A deficiency is the vitamin B12 can lead to depression, anxiety and even paranoia. You can find B12 in your local pharmacy or naturally in foods like poultry and eggs.
4. Set easy goals
If you are trying to make some changes in your life, setting easy to achieve goals will not only help you make those changes, but will also make you feel good about the direction you are heading. Often people set unrealistic goals and when they fail to meet them, they get down on themselves. Setting easy, well-defined goals is the best way to accomplish something, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.