Just like maintaining your physical health, developing steady habits to take care of your mental health is vital to a healthy and happy lifestyle. However, nourishing yourself mentally can often be less straightforward than nourishing yourself physically. Below are some tips to help you develop and maintain healthy habits to benefit your mental health.
- Get up and move
Not only is exercise vital to your physical health, but it also plays a crucial role in your mental health. An international study conducted by Marie E. Donaghy found that physical activity and exercise offer protection from depression for all ages––adolescents, adults, and older adults. Take a walk, go to the gym, toss a frisbee, or play some rounds of ping pong––there are countless ways to stay active. Find the way that works best with your interests and schedule.
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- Eat a balanced diet
Although healthy eating is often viewed solely as a means of managing weight, a balanced diet has profound impacts on your mind as well. A recent study conducted by the Indian Association of Health concluded that the food you consume directly affects the structures and functioning of your brain, influencing your feelings, thoughts, and senses. Avoid foods such as artificial sweeteners, hydrogenated oil, and alcohol. In turn, try incorporating foods like avocados, sweet potatoes, and dark chocolate into your diet.
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- Get some sleep
Sleep and mental health go hand-in-hand. According to Harvard Medical School, an inconsistent sleep schedule or lack of sleep can contribute to mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and ADHD. The mind is built for adequate rest, and, when deprived of that, can react negatively. To ensure you’re getting enough sleep, some habits to adopt are keeping a consistent sleep-wake schedule, consuming less caffeine, and freeing your sleeping area of distractions.
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- Try something new
Whether it’s a new hobby or new food, trying something out-of-the-ordinary can help break the monotony of a daily schedule. As Connect Health & Community explains, trying something new helps to fight against depression, stress, and low moods. You can listen to new music, try a new restaurant, or learn a new sport to aid in reducing stress and boosting mental health.
If you are looking for something new to throw into your stressful day, why not try brewing honey lavender stress-relief tea that can help soothe your mind and body?
If you aren’t sure where to start, visit Georgetown Market, and you can meet with one of our associates to get help. They can answer your questions, and give thorough recommendations and explanations, helping you start your journey right to improved mental health.