Practice preventive mental health care
We all know the importance of preventative healthcare. You probably get a physical exam and some blood work every year or two to make sure your body is functioning properly. Unfortunately, most people don’t take the same approach with their mental health. Rarely do people go to a therapist as a preventative measure or talk to their primary care doctor about their emotional well-being. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
There are also many ways you can practice preventative mental health care on your own.
How can you resolve to improve your mental health?
- Get enough sleep
- Pay attention to your feelings
- Spend time in nature
- Pursue a hobby
- Laugh often
- Grieve your losses
- Accept yourself, imperfections and all
- Only try to change yourself, not others
- Ask for help; you’re not superman or superwoman
- Spend less time in front of electronics
- Connect with friends and family
- Try to do things because you want to, not out of obligation
- Practice gratitude daily
- Express your feelings
- Surround yourself with positive people
- Remember it’s healthy to say “no” sometimes
- Forgive yourself when you screw up
- Limit alcohol, caffeine, and other drugs
- Spend some time alone
- Get to know yourself
- Listen to your instincts
- See a therapist
- Practice deep, calming breathing
- If you’ve been prescribed psychiatric medications, take them as prescribed
Your mental health is essential. All positive change is built one small bit at a time. Choose one way to prioritize your mental health and practice it until it’s a way of life. The pay off will be worth it.
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