Taking Care Of Your Mental Health As Well As Your Physical

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Healthy brain and body
Taking care of your mental health is as essential as your physical health. Pixabay photo (CC0).
Healthy brain and body
Taking care of your mental health is as essential as your physical health. Pixabay photo (CC0).

When it comes to health and questions surrounding your own, it is very common to think of your physical health. However, with the recent surge of information being shared on the internet about mental health, it may be time to reevaluate your weekly health routine and dedicate some time to looking after your brain’s health. When a person is suffering from depression or anxiety, the chemical called serotonin, which helps to balance our emotions, is extremely low or absent in the brain. There are plenty of ways to increase this chemical while taking care of both your physical and mental health. Here are a few examples to help get you started obtaining the well-balanced and healthy lifestyle that everyone strives for.

Getting Outside

If you were to write down the amount of time you spend just enjoying the outside world – rather than doing the commute to work, or weekly errands – you may be surprised how little is on the page. As humans, we rarely remember to slow down and breathe once in a while – much less enjoy some fresh oxygen and sun just for the sake of it. However, if you are feeling like your stress levels are hitting the roof, getting outside for a walk and a breath of fresh air could be the thing your body is craving. Not only has fresh air been proven to help significantly reduce your stress levels and give you a boost to your mood, but you will also be soaking up some very important vitamin D from the sun. Many people actually choose to supplement this vitamin as well as getting some sun, as it is rare you will be able to take in your guided daily allowance every day. To do this, you could enjoy the health benefits of Sunset – a supplement for vitamins A, B, D and omega three, take a daily vitamin D capsule, or a multivitamin. All great ways to ensure you are stocked up on the vitamin well known as “the happy vitamin,” as it has been proven to give your serotonin levels a much-needed boost. Supplements, however, should not be used as a replacement for spending some time out in the sun – make sure you are getting outside alongside your daily supplement.

Scheduling Me Time

It is very rare that a woman ever takes a timeout due to the sheer volume of work and responsibility that may be on her plate at any given moment. If you rarely feel like you have five minutes to yourself, it may be time to start timetabling in some regular “me time.” Having an evening on a Sunday (or weekday that suits you) to do whatever makes you feel relaxed, can help your mind and body to recuperate. Binging on a Netflix series, having a pamper evening, going for a run, doing some meditation – whatever works best for you, making some time for it is extremely important. It will help you to refuel, get your creative juices flowing and assist your productivity. It will also give you time out from the daily grind of life and help see things as a little clearer and less overwhelming – as you’ll be looking at life from a calmer perspective. Life is hard, and it will not nurture you, so it’s time to the take the time out to nurture yourself.

Of course, having a well-balanced lifestyle involves eating a good diet and exercising regularly. Exercising is a great way of releasing “feel good” endorphins and helping you to feel energised. However, it is a smart move to have both your physical and mental health at the top of your health priority list, rather than favouring one over the other. Making a few simple changes detailed in this blog will help you to do just that.

58 COMMENTS

  1. Hey there, Christy! This is an awesome post! Our mental health is just as important as our physical health. I believe there are many health benefits to getting out into nature both physical and mental. We’re so busy we forget about this simple pleasure. 🙂

  2. Life is all mental. Mental health has a massive impact on physical health. Mental health issues have been raging in society for a long time.

    Mental health, spiritual health, physical health, emotional health, and financial health are all important and impact each other.

  3. If I didn’t have dance and yoga classes in my life, I would be a difficult person to live with. During the winter when it’s too cold to get outside, finding an exercise routine inside is paramount to my mental health. Also, fresh air! At night I keep the window open next to my bed even if it’s 15 degrees out – how I love to breath in that fresh air! Good post, as always Christy.

  4. Wonderful post. Informative material like this really helps a person who is just starting to go through something. For someone looking for advice, crystals and aroma therapies, although great,ought to be too advanced. It’s good to have basics out there.

  5. Hey 🙂 It is a very nice post! Nowadays, people forget a lot about themselves or are under pressure to be something they dream about. So very well done 🙂
    Keep in touch & have a BeYOUtiful weekend!
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  6. I have really been working on this since last August (so not quite a New Year resolution! Yoga has been helping with the Me time because you are forced to concentrate on the present and quiet thoughts, mine are always racing.

  7. I really understand the importance of mental health so much more now after a having a baby. It’s So important to take care of both Mind and body. I started my blog to help me not go crazy lol

  8. I absolutely love the emphasis on mental health these days. It’s so, so important to not only take care of your body but also your mind, especially considering how powerful the mind is. It can be your biggest supporter or your biggest oppressor, your best friend or your worst enemy. Thank you for this wonderful article!
    For the first point, I definitely agree that being outdoors and soaking in the sun are such important daily tasks. I love picnics because there’s something so nice about lying in the sun and eating a meal outside for once. For the second, ah… I deplore this… because I never get “me” time. And as an introvert, I really need my “me” time. Even if I get a little bit, I’m never sure how long it’d last which just makes me waste the time anxiously waiting for someone to arrive and ruin it… That’s why I’m always daydreaming about my own apartment. Never getting privacy definitely puts a strain on me mentally and emotionally…

  9. Great post, I agree that mental health is often overshadowed by physical health. They do go hand-in-hand though and certainly going outside and enjoying nature can be just as good for the physical being as well as the mind 🙂

  10. Yesss! Love this. So important to TALK about mental health and how important it is, that way we can decrease the stigma. Thanks for covering this topic!

  11. Love this hun! I work in the NHS in an inpatient mental health hospital and its so interesting to see that mental health and physical health are so very linked. We need to get a balance of looking after both. x

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