Day-to-Day Mental and Physical Health
If we hurt ourselves physically, we don’t hesitate in seeking help. How many of us do the same if we are struggling emotionally? It is all too common to keep a ‘stiff upper lip’ and to carry on, often bottling up stress and worry. Left unattended to, anxiety and depression can develop, affecting the ability to function on a day-to-day basis. These are very common mental health issues, which should not be brushed aside.
Seek professional help
Life events and traumatic experiences can really throw you off course. Talking therapy is invaluable in understanding how these can impact on anyone. There should be no stigma in seeking support. An overwhelming ‘to do’ list can leave you reeling. Techniques such as mindfulness and focusing on one thing at a time, breathing calmly, taking time out for pleasure, forgotten hobbies and what gives you enjoyment can help to bring balance back into each day.
Here’s a question. How many of us have a cup of tea or coffee without noticing drinking it, with racing thoughts on what should be done next? Remember to take time, sit back and relax.
Exercise can really help with mental wellbeing.
Focusing on your body and your physicality, as well as enjoying moving can have a positive and calming effect on your mind. Most people know that regular exercise is good for the body. Exercise is also one of the most effective ways to improve your mental health. Have you ever felt energised after an exercise class? Or perhaps you feel calm?. That’s because exercise stimulates the body to produce endorphins and enkephalins, the body’s natural feel-good hormones which can make problems seem more manageable. Taking regular exercise is known to improve mood and general health. If you suffer from stress and anxiety stretching and calming mindful work is really invaluable. How about learning some breathing techniques? Whenever you can try to make this a part of your daily routine as in time you will benefit from it.
Take time out
Remember to take some time out to really enjoy each day. In addition, a few stretches through your day can work wonders for focus, and calm a busy mind. The simple act of focusing on exercise can give us a break from current concerns.
My favourite expression is ‘Take time to smell the roses’. How true.