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Mental health problems are prevalent in today's society, and the pandemic has made this even worse. Many people began to experience mental health issues during the pandemic, or saw a worsening of their mental health or preexisting mental health issues. One way to tackle the ongoing mental health crisis is through lifestyle changes.
Lifestyle changes can have a larger impact on our mental health than we realise. Whether you are currently taking medication, in therapy or are simply looking for ways to improve your mental health in the long run, lifestyle changes can be a big step in the right direction.
The reason these are important is because many may never be fully free from their mental health issues, but they may be able to better control their symptoms or even decrease their symptoms with some lifestyle changes.
Here are some lifestyle changes that may help you improve your mental health:
Meditation is wonderful for your mental health. Adding meditation to your daily routine can do wonders for you. One of the great things about meditation is that there is no minimum or maximum amount of time you have to do it for, so you can squeeze in a few minutes of meditation even when you're busy. Meditation works best when done for longer periods of time, so don't give up if you don't see any results immediately! It takes days, weeks, months and sometimes even years to get to where you want, depending on your goals, but it is still worth it. Even if you're meditating for a few minutes a day, stick with it. Meditation can be particularly helpful to those that suffer from mood and anxiety disorders such as depression and generalised anxiety, because it makes it easier to control your thoughts and reactions. It may also help elevate your mood and better control other symptoms.
Nutrition is a vital part of both physical and mental wellness. Although when someone is experiencing certain symptoms of mental health disorders such as depression, whether something is healthy may not be the priority, opting instead for food that brings a more immediate sense of comfort. However, it's important to take some time to really think about what you are putting into your body, because there is a correlation between what you eat and your mental health. Eating more healthy meals with a majority of fruits and vegetables has been shown to improve mental health and decrease symptoms of multiple mental health disorders.
3. Regular Sleep Patterns
Sleep is also vital when it comes to physical and mental wellness. Lack of sleep can cause a worsening in symptoms of mental health disorders, and for those who are not currently diagnosed it may trigger the appearance of mental health issues that they did not suffer from before. Another thing to keep in mind is that routine is often beneficial for those with mental illnesses. Make sure you are not only getting enough sleep, but are also going to bed and waking up at a reasonable hour every day. Try to keep to this schedule day-to-day. Although sleep is great for mental health, oversleeping can also be an issue. Oversleeping can cause symptoms of mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety to worsen, especially if one oversleeps on a regular basis. When it comes to sleep, it's best to get the right amount of sleep. Not too much or too little. For teenagers, eight to ten hours of sleep is ideal and for adults over eighteen seven to nine hours is best.
I hope this article helped you better understand the importance of cultivating a healthy lifestyle, and a few key ways that you can work to achieve this. Often, it really is the small changes that make the biggest difference.
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