Enhancing Your Mental Health Through Self-Care
Historically, mental health has been a bit of a taboo topic. And, unfortunately, it still is to many men and women who hold an unfair self-view that showing emotional vulnerability equates to weakness. However, the world we live in is full of stress, anxieties, and uncertainties. More than ever, talking about mental health, and then doing something about it, is important not just for individuals but society as a whole. While talking with a professional can be effective, you can also prioritize your emotional well-being through self-care.
What Is Self-Care?
Self-care is fundamentally exactly what it sounds like, caring for yourself. And, according to the Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute in Canada, there are four dimensions to self-care. These are physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual. Anything you do to feed these needs will help you be your very best, starting with your mental health.
Ways to Care for Yourself
The way that you practice self-care is unique to you. If you’re looking for ideas or are new to the process, consider making changes in these areas:
Diet. Good food not only fuels the body, but can also serve as a bonding experience with friends and family. Even more to the point, eating the right kinds of food can trigger a positive change in your mental health. Things like bananas, fatty fish, walnuts, carrots, avocados, and beans all provide nutrients that fight depression and are crucial to your emotional wellness.
Finances. Like food, money is an integral part of the way we live. But our finances are often a source of stress, particularly for those of us who barely live paycheck to paycheck. Pay attention to your financial situation. If you find a lack of money is a significant cause for concern, look for ways to change your spending habits. This might be something as simple as learning how to cook and avoiding restaurants or making a point to save a little out of each paycheck.
Alone time. Even the most social among us needs time to reflect. Spending time away from our family and obligations helps us meet our responsibilities with a fresh perspective. Do something nice for yourself that doesn’t involve anyone else. You might, for example, go for a massage, sound meditation, or take yourself on a hike in nature.
Your home. If you’re constantly stressed and anxious, your home could be the culprit. Create a more positive and healthy environment by decluttering, tossing out broken items, and cleaning your home thoroughly.
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Benefits of Making Yourself a Priority
If you read that subtitle and cringe a bit, you are not alone. We often get into a habit of making everyone else a priority and then feel selfish and guilty when we have the desire to put ourselves first. It should not be this way, and there are many reasons to prioritize your mental health through self-care. These include:
Fewer are sleep problems
Better relationships with loved ones
You should not be afraid to admit to yourself that you have to put some energy into taking care of you. Self-care should be thought of as an essential, just like food, water, and family. Remember, you will get out of it what you put into it. Now is the perfect time to think about your own needs and then fulfill them. It may push you out of your comfort zone, but once you see how much self-care can improve your life, you’ll wonder why you didn’t realize its benefits sooner.
WRITTEN BY: Brad Krause