With these six tips you can strengthen your mental health so that you can go through life healthy and balanced and with more well-being – because stress, hectic and responsibility tug on our nerves and can tire us mentally.
Taking small breaks throughout the day, but also longer breaks at the weekend are necessary so that the mind and body can recover. Ideally, you fill your free time with things that you enjoy and that don’t make you think about work or the stressful everyday life. In addition to hobbies, you should also plan rest periods in your free time.
Studies show that sport has a positive effect on the psyche and well-being. When you move, the body releases more of the happiness hormone serotonin. At the same time, your body breaks down the stress hormone cortisol when you exercise. Not only do chemical changes take place, but negative thoughts are also driven away as activity in the head (in the prefrontal cortex) is lowered. Sports and exercise are great for driving away negative thoughts and improving your physical and mental health.
Spending Time With Friends and Family
Surround yourself with people who are good for you and who exude optimism. Spending time with friends and family is known to be a mood booster. A study from 2011 shows that activities with friends reduce stress, promote health, improve self-esteem and thus improve your well-being. Personal meetings increase the effect.
Digital Detox As A Break
The constant consumption of digital media and the associated availability lead to stress. This, in turn, can have a negative impact on your mental health. Try to limit your digital consumption by introducing times when you cannot be reached and turn off all devices. Don’t sleep with your smartphone next to the bed and let an analogue alarm clock wake you up in the morning. This is how your day starts without (stressful) news.
Sleep For Mental Health
Not only does your body recover while you sleep, but your psyche also recharges its batteries for the next day. If you do not sleep enough, your body and your psyche are not resilient and more susceptible to illnesses. Try to get about eight hours of sleep each night. Your exact sleep needs can vary, so listen to your body and occasionally get a little extra sleep if you feel like it. You can find out more about this here: Sleep rhythm: tips for healthy sleep. An evening routine and our tips for falling asleep can help you get enough restful sleep.
Ask For Help!
We all know the occasional bad mood or sadness, but if you’ve been feeling mentally drained, listless or sad over a longer period of time, you should definitely seek advice from an expert. Going to a psychotherapist is not a sign of weakness but of strength. You should also work through trauma that occurs in stressful situations or mental illnesses with a professional.