Have you been looking for easy ways to take better care of your mental health in 2020? You’re not the only one. Improving mental health care is one of the hottest topics of the day. Mental health education and advocacy is on the rise. It should come as no surprise that today’s busy women are looking for easy ways to achieve better mental health. Below are 3 ways to take good care of yourself, whether you’re a mom or any other woman with a lot on her plate.
Learn how making small changes in your daily routine can make a big difference.
1. For better mental health, find a therapist
If you’re looking for professional clinical advice in the form of psychotherapy, there are now more options available than ever. Today’s therapists are available via in-office therapy visits and online via telemedicine or e-therapy options. Women on the go can log in to your computer, tablet or smartphone to find a therapist.
Leading online therapy providers like BetterHelp and Talkspace are making it possible for people to get affordable and low-cost therapy (with a licensed provider) from the comfort of home. Having “always on” access to board-certified therapy providers makes it easier for people to take part in individual counseling, couples counseling, and family counseling online.
2. Make time to take good care of yourself
As primary caregivers, it’s not uncommon for busy gals to overlook caring for themselves as well as they should. Today’s full-time moms are also employees, employers, business owners and more.
Many women feel overwhelmed after caring for their home, family, and career. In the hustle and bustle of it all taking time for relaxation, meditation, or exercise often ends up at the bottom of our to-do lists.
This is why learning to make time for self-care as moms and any other busy female is critically important. Doing so helps to reduce the effects of burnout and stress like aches, pains, insomnia, headaches, and low-energy.
3. Exercise to boost your mood
If you’re looking for a quick (and easy) way to boost your mood, get moving! Studies have shown that even short bouts of regular exercise can contribute to the reduction of mental health symptoms like stress, anxiety, and depression.
Adding exercise to your daily routine is another example of self-care. Taking short walks or working out using simple exercises like jumping jacks and similar movements can benefit your mood greatly in the long run.
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI):
“Exercise improves mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and negative mood and by improving self-esteem and cognitive function. Exercise has also been found to alleviate symptoms such as low self-esteem and social withdrawal.”
In this case it seems that we have a built in mechanism to help relieve the negative symptoms of mental health. Don’t take short bouts of exercise for granted. If you’re not exercising at all — getting in a few minutes of exercise a day is better than none at all.
Final words on how to take good care of yourself
Then gradually work yourself up to longer periods of exercise or incorporate exercise into your daily routine in small ways. That’s part of a cohesive way to achieve better mental health results.
About today’s writer
Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health-related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.