Best Practices for Managing Your Mental Health

During a time when nothing is certain and we are constantly adjusting our daily routines, it is very easy to become anxious and unnerved. Constant focus on all of the clutter surrounding us and worst case scenarios can and will spiral our mental health into the pits. In order to manage and overcome these mental lows there are a few things you can consistently do:

  1. Get Plenty of Rest – Scientifically, sleeping helps regulate chemicals in our brains that control an array of different emotions. Maintaining a proper sleep schedule keeps you refreshed and balanced mentally and emotionally.
  2. Nutrition – Certain foods provide nutrients that can affect our mood and physical state (which can also affect your mood), a lack of certain minerals such as Iron or B12 can cause fatigue, aches and pains, and even sickness. Eating as healthy as possible on a consistent basis provides your mind and body what it needs to perform at an optimum level.
  3. Restricting Alcohol, Smoking and Drug Intake – Routine drinking, smoking and drug use has a number of negative effects on your mind such as memory loss, confusion, anxiety, and irritability. Introducing various chemicals to your system can manipulate different functions in your mind and body which causes disruption in your organs, diminished motor skills, and in severe cases, psychological challenges such as schizophrenia, delusions and hallucinations.
  4. Exercise – Exercise is proven to reduce depression and anxiety through increased neural growth, reduced inflammation, the release of endorphins that help increase your mood, and new activity patterns that provide balanced and calm emotions.
  5. Leisurely Activities – Make time to do things you enjoy that relieve stress and relax your mind. For some it may be walking, for others it could be painting. As long as it’s not detrimental to your well-being, find time to engage in these leisurely activities allowing yourself to escape from the realities and challenges of everyday living.

Hamilton Community Health Network provides mental and behavioral health services to its patients. If you or a loved one is struggling it challenges in your mental health call us at 810.406.4246 to talk with a specialist.

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