Mental health has been an issue for many years, and yet speaking openly and feeling supported about issues that fall under its umbrella is a relatively new concept. For years, people with physical health problems have been assisted with a variety of programs, treatments, and support systems, but mental health has spent many years being on the receiving end of little to no support. Mental health is finally being acknowledged like it needs to be, but just to reiterate, here are the three most commonly praised ways to boost your mental health and begin the healing process.
Learn to spend time with yourself
It might sound like the opposite of what individuals should angle for, but there have been many studies over the years that suggest that spending time alone can be a fantastic way to improve one’s mental health. Surrounded by so much consistent chaos, it is not surprising that people find themselves overwhelmed and unable to make sense of the occasional quiet. Actively taking time out to do something for yourself, such as read, engage in sport for an hour or two, paint, or even play a video game, allows you to reset the button and re-evaluate what is important to you, and what you should spend more of your time doing. While work and life commitments often must take priority, taking care of yourself and making time for what you like must be a priority as well.
Spend more time immersing yourself in nature
Going for a hike or a bike ride is one of the best ways to boost mental and emotional health, and it perfectly rounds it out by also being great for your physical health. Similarly to learning to love having ‘me time’, spending time in the environment resets the clock and allows you to reconnect with yourself and what feels most important for you. Additionally, breathing in the fresh air and listening to the abundant quiet of a rainforest or the crashing waves of a waterfall or the beach allows you to remember what it feels like to have balance – and balance is what it all comes back to. Some people even take it a step further, meditating or actively going to consistent yoga or hot yoga classes in an effort to centre themselves.
Reach out for help when helping yourself isn’t enough
No matter where in the world you are, there are self-help services available that are designed with the sole intention of providing individuals struggling with mental health, with safe, stress-free environments to open themselves up to acknowledging and discussing the issues that are setting them back. Not only are these environments less formal (and, according to some people, less invasive) than seeing a trained psychologist or other medical professional, but they often go hand in hand with a sense of community. Feeling supported by a community that is going through similar situations is often one of the strongest anecdotes against the darkness that comes with struggling mentally or emotionally. Sometimes, despite all efforts and best intentions, wanting to help yourself just is not enough. That is why there are hundreds of professional programs and systems, like Naya Clinics, that are designed to provide professional, consistent, and private help when you need it most, making them an invaluable resource for anyone struggling with their mental health.