5 Mental Health Tips for 2020

5 Mental Health Tips for 2020

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5 Mental Health Tips for 2020

We say this a lot—your mental health is as important as your physical health—and we mean it. 2020 has been an interesting year, to say the least. With so many unexpected consequences of the pandemic and closures, coupled with a high-stakes election, civil unrest, and a whole lot more, people all over the country are already counting down to 2021. 

In the meantime, we want you to take care of your total health, and that includes your mental well being. 

Here are 5 relatively easy tips that will go a long way in taking care of yourself, inside and out. 

  1. Practice Self-Care—There are a lot of things you can do to take care of your body that also have a positive impact on your mental health. Eating well and exercising truly go a long way to feeling good overall. Eat healthy meals regularly, don’t skip meals. Try to limit caffeine and sugar and load up on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Make sure you exercise at least three times a week. Regular exercise helps us cope with stress, lowers anxiety, increases our mood and energy, and helps us feel better about ourselves. 
  2. Take Breaks—Whether you’re working from home or not, taking breaks throughout the day, or recess as they call it in school, is a great way to improve your mood and actually increase your productivity. Try to find time to laugh during the day, get up and stretch, listen to music and dance, do something that makes you feel good, and gives your brain and body a break.
  3. Focus on Your Hobby’s—Forgotten how much you love to play the guitar because you haven’t had the time? Read a good book lately? Don’t underestimate the power and need we all have to do things we truly enjoy that are just for us. If you don’t have something you love yet, experiment with new things like cooking, baking, learning a language, or an instrument. These activities help your brain stay strong and give you something to look forward to each day. 
  4. Go Outside—As we head into winter, cooler weather can sometimes mean we neglect to spend enough time outside. Fresh air is good for the mind and body. Try to go outside as much as possible. Take walks, plan outdoor activities for your free time, take a bike ride, go for a jog, or just sit outside in the morning and enjoy your coffee. 
  5. Sleep Well—Sleep is essential for physical and mental wellbeing. When we get enough sleep, it’s easier to deal with stress, concentrate at work, and reduces anxiety. To help you sleep avoid exercising, or eating large meals right before bedtime. Instead, read, do yoga or listen to relaxing music. Make sure your room is comfortable, dark, and quiet as this generally promotes more restful sleep. Most importantly, stick to a good sleep schedule by going to bed and waking up at the same time.  

Lastly, try to remain positive and hopeful above all else. The power of positive thinking is truly extraordinary, so remember that this too shall pass. For more beneficial ways to take care of your mind and body, schedule an appointment with us. 

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