Let’s be honest. 2020 was challenging. The year brought about changes, obstacles, and a new “normal” for everyone. For many, the rollercoaster year added unnecessary stress and problems affecting mental health in many ways.
Importance of Mental Health
Your mental health includes your emotional, psychological, and social health. It affects how you think, feel, act, respond to stress, relate to others, and more. Your mental health impacts your everyday life and plays a role in your overall health.
Individuals with mental illnesses such as depression are at risk of physical health problems such as stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. Similarly, poor physical health can increase the risk of mental illness.
This year, take charge of your mental and overall health. Read on to discover the impact your mental health has on your body and a few simple tips to improve your mental health in 2021.
Ways to Improve Your Mental Health
Your self-esteem is how you perceive and value yourself. Low self-esteem is not a mental health problem itself. However, if your self-esteem has been negatively impacted for a long period of time, it can lead to problems such as anxiety and depression.
Improving yourself in any way first starts by valuing yourself, knowing you are important, and promising to take the necessary steps to take care of yourself. Treat yourself with respect and kindness. Find a hobby. Take the time to focus on yourself!
Take Care of Your Body
As mentioned above, your physical and mental health are connected. To help improve your physical well-being and increase your energy levels, maintain the following habits:
- Eat healthy foods
- Drink plenty of water
- Exercise daily
- Get enough quality sleep
- Avoid cigarettes
- Minimize your alcohol use and avoid non-prescribed drugs
Find an Outlet for Stress
Stress! With busy lifestyles, demanding jobs, family obligations, and the current global pandemic, stress is weighing on many people. The important point is to find an outlet so that you do not become overwhelmed and overcome by stress. Exercise. Do yoga. Practice deep breathing. Set aside time for yourself.
Whatever you choose to do, set aside time each day to unwind in order to protect your mental and physical health.
Set Realistic Goals
Too often people set unrealistic expectations for themselves and they burn out or get frustrated. Consider the following tips when setting your goals:
- Start small with one or two things to accomplish each day. Then, build from there.
- Determine your short- versus long-term goals.
- Be SMART. Establish specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time-based goals.
- Lay out your plan in smaller pieces or in steps.
- Track your progress.
- Do it with a friend or partner so someone can encourage you and hold you accountable.
- Stay positive!
If you feel your mental health slipping or are struggling with anxiety, depression, or substance abuse issues, don’t wait. Instead, seek help from a psychiatrist in Lawrenceville or Flowery Branch, GA.
Salveo Integrative Health is a team of psychiatrists, nurses, therapists, and mental health professionals. Our comfortable, relaxing atmosphere allows families and individuals to find tranquility while focusing on their needs.
In addition to psychiatry and counseling services, we provide treatment and therapies for anxiety; depression; substance abuse; behavioral health issues; LGBTQ concerns; grief; and more. Contact Salveo Integrative Health today!