Mental illness is not uncommon in the United States, with an estimated 43.8 million adults – or 18.5 percent of the adult U.S. population – experiencing a mental health issue each year. Because of the prevalence of mental illnesses, it’s important to take steps to care for your daily mental health.
However, even if you do not personally suffer from a mental health issue, you still should make an effort to care for your daily mental health to help prevent issues from arising. And, of course, if you do suffer from a mental health issue, improving your daily mental health can help relieve the issues you face.
There are various ways to improve your daily mental health, and truthfully, the best ways vary from person to person. Many people will have to try multiple methods of improving their mental health before they find the most effective way.
One way to improve your daily mental health is to take care of your body. A healthy body decreases your chances of developing a mental issue. Eating healthy, exercising frequently and getting enough sleep are all ways to take care of your body.
Other ways of improving your mental health concern how you work. Multitasking has been linked to an increase in stress, and procrastinating has been linked to an increase in anxiety. To keep your mental health grounded as you work, create schedules (and stick to them), only focus on one task at a time and never wait until the last minute to complete anything.
You should also find ways to take a break from work. Responsibilities such as your education, career and even family can require a lot of energy from you and leave you feeling drained and exhausted. Find times for you to have “me-time” where you focus on yourself and relax from your daily stress triggers.
Lastly, limit your technology use. Too much time spent with technology, such as televisions, computers and smartphones, can overstimulate your brain and leave you exhausted. Just like you need to find time for yourself, you also need to find time to take a break from technology – even if it’s just for a few hours each week – so your brain can have a break.
Improving your daily mental health is something that every person should do. When you have good mental health, you are more likely to live a positive and healthy life. Though it can take some time to find the right methods for you to improve your daily mental health, it is worth it to keep trying.