Maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle is one of the best ways you can look after your mental health and minimize the impacts of stress or other mental health risks. So what does a healthy balanced lifestyle mean? It’s about making sure you maintain balance in regular patterns in some key areas of your life. Let’s talk about them now.
Sleep. On the flipside, sleep problems are more common in people experiencing mental health issues, so part of being aware of your mental health is to take night of how well you sleep. Get into a habit of going to sleep early, and try to avoid things like caffeine, or too much television just before bed.
Diet. A balanced diet means eating from a variety of food groups each day, including fresh fruits and vegetables. Cut down on food that’s high in sugar, salt and saturated fats, but take away food, sweets, and soft drinks. Make sure you drink plenty of water, and drink alcohol in moderation.
Relaxation. Everyone benefits from taking some time adding a day. Make sure you find some space each day to do something that relaxes you. If you’re experiencing signs of anxiety such as racing thoughts, there are various relaxation strategies that can help, such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, and progressive muscle relaxation.
Exercise. Regular exercise is a key factor in maintaining your wellbeing, and dealing with mental health issues. Regular aerobic exercise can also help you sleep better. So remember, make sure you get plenty of good quality sleep, ate more fruit and vegetables, drink more water and minimize your intake of salt, sugar, saturated fats and alcohol. Try to find some time each day to relax and exercise regularly. These are all the key factors in maintaining a positive frame of mind and minimizing the potential effects of stress and other mental health issues.