What Should I Do If I’m Worried About My Mental Health?

The term ‘mental health’ refers to an individual’s overall state of mental wellbeing, including how the person regulates their emotions, behaviors, and thought patterns.

The quality of one’s mental health will vary widely from person to person, so signs of poor mental wellness displayed by one individual may not always be indicative of a problem in someone else.

Some negative side effects of poor mental wellness can include:

  • Negative impacts on relationships with family and friends
  • Reduced productivity at work or school
  • Lack of interest in hobbies, social interactions, etc.
  • Lowered energy levels

The quality of your mental wellness is something that you should take seriously. If you’re not feeling the way you think you should be, it’s okay to ask for help from a friend or trusted professional.

A few things you can do if you’re worried about mental health problems are:

  • Improve the quality of your sleep
  • Refine your diet and nutrition
  • Stay hydrated
  • Develop a routine
  • Talk to a friend or family member
  • Reduce time on social media and news sites
  • Try relaxation exercises
  • Get expert help

Improve the quality of your sleep

A major component of a person’s mental wellness is not only the amount of time they sleep, but the quality of that sleep.

Studies suggest that the average person needs to get about 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night, and experts recommend cutting off the usage of any electronic devices at least one hour prior to going to bed.

Refine your diet and nutrition

The food a person eats can be another major component of that individual’s overall mental wellbeing.

Experts suggest cutting out refined sugars, as they can impact your body’s ability to regulate insulin, as well as increase inflammation and oxidative stress. Studies have even shown that sugar can be harmful to the brain, and even lead to mood disorders like depression.

Instead, opt for a diet rich in nutrient dense whole foods that provide you with the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that your brain and body need to function properly.

Stay hydrated

Keeping yourself properly hydrated is another way to improve the state of your mental wellbeing. Drinking the right amount of water helps improve your circulation, aids in the digestive process, and helps your body absorb vital nutrients, amongst other benefits.

A study conducted in 2018 showed that adults that drink more water have a reduced likelihood of developing mental health problems, such as depression or anxiety.

Develop a routine

Experts suggest that staying on a consistent routine can help reduce the stress we feel on a daily basis. Plan your day in advance and stick to the tasks and times you’ve allotted for yourself.

Talk to a friend or family member

Sometimes, talking with another person is all it takes to help us improve our mental wellbeing tremendously. Communicating our problems with others can help reduce the feeling of isolation and help us see our situation in a new light.

Reach out to a family member or friend you trust and start a conversation with them. If you don’t feel comfortable doing that, our tele-psychiatry services at Mindvibe Online Therapy are here to help; our licensed therapists can help you work through your troubles with you from the comfort of your home.

Reduce time on social media and news sites

Social media and news websites can be a massive drain on your energy and overall mental wellbeing. Social media sites are designed to keep you scrolling endlessly with no end goal, leaving you feeling empty and unfulfilled. Similarly, news sites can be just as bad when clickbait journalism utilizes drama and violence to drive traffic.

Take a break or cut down on the time you spend on social media and news websites.
You can even take it a step further and reduce phone usage altogether. Try leaving your phone at home for a day, and see if you feel better without being constantly bombarded by notifications.

Try relaxation exercises

Another great thing to try is relaxation exercises, such as meditation or controlled breathing. These types of exercises are great for reducing stress and anxiety both in the moment as well as on a regular basis.

Get expert help

If you don’t have anyone to talk to and you’re still not feeling the way that you think you should, it’s time to talk to a mental health expert who can personalize a solution for your specific needs. Reach out to one of our licensed psychiatrists to arrange a tele-psychiatry session today!

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