Tips For Helping Improve Your Mental Wellbeing In 2023
We put ourselves through a lot of pressure in this modern day of living and a lot has changed with mental health over the years. While we're somewhat more open about the topic of mental health, there are not quite enough resources available to us and it's still somewhat of a topic that's talked about but not always addressed personally.
Everyone should be focused on looking after their mental health, especially as it's connected to your physical body too. When you don't look after your mental well-being, your physical well-being is likely to suffer, and vice versa.
With that being said, having the toolkit of tips to help with your mental well-being is worth having in 2023. By knowing how to aid your mental well-being, you benefit your health in an abundance of ways. Here are some top tips for helping improve your mental well-being in 2023.
Be sure to relax and give your body a rest
Your body needs to relax and rest, which is also said for your mental well-being. Sometimes, we can get caught up in the throws and life and forget to take care of our health as a result. That's why it's important to take time out when you can to relax and unwind.
Everyone has their own ways to relax. Some may choose to read a book, whereas others find going for a stroll can help. Your version of self-care that helps you relax and rest, is the best choice you can make.
Don't worry about what everyone else is doing, instead, focus on what you need to help with your own mental health. There will likely be warning signs when you need to rest and this is your body and mind collectively telling you to take it easy. Typically though, a lot of those signs or triggers are ignored and it can be too late for some, often resulting in burnout.
Try to avoid burnout as they're not great for your body or mind and can often set you back further as a result.
Find ways to reduce stress
Stress comes in many different forms and it can impact the body physically, as well as mentally. Whether it's a toxic workplace or relationship, stress within your job's day-to-day activities or problems within the home, there's stress that's controllable and stress that's inevitable.
Of course, the stress that's inevitable can only be managed to an extent. However, the stress that's avoidable is something you should be proactive in controlling.
There are plenty of ways that you can reduce stress in your life. Firstly, focus on what stressors you can control and remove them from your life where possible. After doing that, you can then concentrate on finding stress relievers in your day-to-day life. This helps balance stress on the body and hopefully makes you feel a lot better yourself too.
Look for creative and engaging activities
A creative output is always good to have when you're struggling with your mental well-being. If you've not already got yourself an output or two, then it's time to give this part of your life more focus. Creativity helps inspire and engage the brain. It can also serve as a distraction when you need it to be.
From painting to joining a drama club or partaking in a pottery class, there are plenty of creative outlets beyond just arts and crafts. A creative activity could be work-related or career-inspired. It could be starting a side hustle and trying to turn it into a business venture that enables you to go full-time.
Having a variety of creative and engaging activities are well worth having, especially if you're dealing with mental health worries.
Spend time outdoors when you can
Connecting with nature is a great way to keep yourself grounded and who doesn't feel better after a nice walk or a breath of fresh air sitting in your garden? Spending time outdoors can be refreshing and something that's very much needed.
Try to find some time in your day to get outside. It could be on your lunch break at work. Instead of sitting at your desk to eat your lunch, take it outside instead. Spend that half an hour to an hour, depending on what you get, to sit back and take in the world.
It might be that you go for a family walk every Sunday to talk about the week you've had or the plans you've got coming up. It's something that people can neglect to do and the health benefits are that it provides a lot more satisfaction and comfort for your mental health.
Try to make time to spend outdoors at least once a day and for around 5-10 minutes at the minimum.
Connect with others
Connection with others is important when it comes to your mental health. It's challenging for your mental well-being to simply keep how you're feeling locked away and with no resolution. Speaking to others, especially those you trust and that may have their own battles with mental health is something that can be really useful to do.
Of course, it's always important to be trusting of those you speak to, so while you may feel confident enough to tell just about anyone, it's worth being selective. Those you trust don't need to be family either. They could be work colleagues or close friends. Connecting with people is human nature and it's something we all need.
While you might not feel ready to speak to people about your mental health, it's something to build up to and to find those individuals you feel you can trust the most.
Speak to a professional about your concerns
A professional is someone who can help when it comes to taking that next step. With your mental health, you might find that you have the confidence to take a bigger approach to how you're feeling by getting professional help.
Taking yourself to a dual diagnosis treatment center might be the best place to go, while others might find that speaking to a therapist every so often is the right option for them.
If you don't feel confident speaking to people you trust or within your inner circle, then sometimes speaking to a stranger about your mental health can be more productive. There are lots of services out there, whether you feel more comfortable doing in-person or virtual meetings.
Take a good look at what's available through funded initiatives and charities, as well as private options. Everyone will take a different approach, so find what works for you best.
Try to get as much sleep as possible
A lot of your mental health can be impacted by the quality of care and rest you give to your body. Sleep is an important part of that and ideally, you should be getting a good amount of sleep per night. When you've got sleep problems or insomnia for example, that can have a big impact on your mental well-being.
It's something that you want to work on, especially if you're struggling to get between seven to nine hours of sleep per night. If you're getting half that or less, then you'll do both mental and physical damage to your body as a result.
Eat healthily but don't limit yourself
While it's important to eat healthy, you should never limit or restrict yourself to foods that perhaps aren't deemed as healthy as your vegetables and fruits. Improving your mental well-being can be influenced in a positive manner with food.
After all, having a positive relationship with your food intake is important. With that in mind, remember to eat in moderation but don't cut out foods that you love to eat. Eating should be fun and enjoyable, rather than a chore.
Try to look after your physical health
While your mental health is just one part of your general well-being, it's important that you're combining this with your physical health too. Both are interconnected and when one isn't proactively worked on, the other is likely to suffer.
Ideally, you want to be giving your body some exercise at least every day, whether that be going on for a daily walk with your dog, alone, or with your family. Alternatively, it could be partaking in physical exercise through a fitness class or going to the gym. Everyone has a different approach to exercise but the main thing is that you're looking after your body.
Get perspective when you're struggling
Finally, if you're struggling with your mental health. Sometimes a quick fix solution is to get perspective on how you're feeling. Perhaps it's connected to an issue that in the wide scheme of things doesn't need as much of your mental energy as you give to it already.
While that's not always the case, sometimes, it's a practice that can help to manage your mental health effectively.
Helping your mental well-being in any way you can is always important. Make use of these mental health tips this year and hopefully, you can continue into 2023 with better health in body and mind.