Taking some ‘me time’ is important, and it also helps strengthen your mental well-being.
Your mental well-being is the unique way that you handle your emotions; respond to stress and also your general outlook on life. Having a healthy sense of mental well-being has many benefits. It lifts your mood, promotes resilience in difficult situations and helps you get the most out of life. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you live or how you’re feeling – taking a few moments for yourself each day will help you be a happier and more resilient you.
How can I improve my mental well-being?
We know that being active for 30 minutes each day can help you improve your physical health. The good news is that taking just a few minutes to focus on mental well-being activities each day can lead to big improvements in your mental well-being too. It only takes a few small actions, practised every day, to find a happier you. Taking good care of your body is one of the most important things you can do to improve your mental well-being.
How we think and fell depends directly on how our brain is functioning. A healthy, well-nourished and rested body provides the foundation for your mind to function at its best.
You can take better care of your body in three different ways:
No. 1—Get Active
Aim to do at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day. This could be as easy as gardening or walking or as intense as rock climbing or interval training—the activity you choose is up to you.
Physical Activity releases feel-good chemicals in to the body, like endorphins and serotonin. These chemicals make you feel good, lift your mood, increase your energy levels and improve your sleep. Getting active also gives your general health and well-being a significant boost.
No. 2—Eat Well
Aim to eat a well-balanced and nutritious diet. You could try introducing an extra serve of vegetables to your meals or reducing processed and fast foods.
Following a healthy diet means your brain will have the right balance of nutrients to work at it’s best. It will improve your energy levels, sleep patterns and general health, leaving you fresh and ready to handle life’s day to day challenges.
No. 3— Get more rest
Aim for at least 8 hours of sleep each night. This isn’t always easy, especially if you have young children. But, even a small change like shifting your bedtime forward by an hour could make big difference to your energy levels.
Sleep gives your brain important “down time” to process and store the information it receives during the day. Not getting enough sleep affects your mood and ability to concentrate and can also lead to anxiety and depression.
Throughout the month of June, Prevention United are running a series of webinars on Flattening the Curve of Mental Health.
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