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6 Ways to Protect Your Mental Health

Every day our mental health comes under attack from many different angles, and we must do what we can to protect it. But where do we start? Here are some simple steps that you can do today to help improve your overall mental health and wellbeing.

Talk about how you feel

One of the simplest things you can do is talk about how you feel with someone that you trust. Although the hardest part about this can be finding the words to express how you are feeling. This can take some practice but once you are able to verbalise how you feel, you may find that your problems and issues are a lot easier to deal with.

Eat Good Food

There is a fine line between what is considered good food, but the object of eating well is to make you feel good. Eating a variety of healthy food that will fill your body with vitamins and minerals is an excellent way to start. However, eating well does not mean stopping yourself from eating some sweet stuff. It is ok to eat the odd “bad” food, but your goal should be to keep those foods to a minimum.

Keep Safe

The world is filled with dangers that we cannot avoid, but we can do our best to protect ourselves. Using health and safety consultants to inspect your workplace and ensure that there are no issues can help relieve some of the mental strain of what could go wrong. In other areas of your life, you should make smart choices about your safety when you can. This can be anything from wearing a seatbelt in the car to checking food labels for possible allergies.

Exercise

If you have watched Legally Blonde, you will know that happy people don’t kill their husbands, and exercise releases endorphins that make you happy. Elle Woods was full of truth when she said this because exercise is great for your mental health. When you get moving and get your blood pumping, your brain releases happy hormones that will elevate your mood. You can choose any exercise that you think you can stick with and will make you happy.

Have a routine

If you have discovered that your regular routine has disappeared, you may be feeling a bit lost without it. Even if you don’t have your regular routine in place, you can still start a new one. Try to get up at the same time every day and try to make a plan for each day. This may feel awkward at first but as you get used to building your routine, you should feel better about what goes on in your daily life.

Try mindfulness

Meditation, yoga and mindfulness all go hand in hand in creating a calm mind. I~f you are new to mindfulness, it can be hard to get to grips with. But, the more you do it, the easier it becomes. There are many different mindfulness apps that you can use. Or you can try yoga and get the benefits of exercise and mindfulness in one go.

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