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What You Can Do to Maintain Your Mental and Emotional Health

Between all the ads for diet and exercise plans and the aisles of vitamins and supplements, we are very aware of the importance of maintaining our physical health. But mental and emotional health are just as important, and these issues can be very debilitating and challenging to treat.  You can place a premium on your mental and emotional wellbeing by doing the following:

Spend time with others socially. Your mental and emotional health will not be optimal if you split your time between work and home. Spend some time in the company of others. Wednesday afternoon staff meetings do not count! Humans are social beings and social interaction is a component of good mental health. We have been seriously challenged by spending time with others because of COVID-19.   But there are creative ways to work around it.   Try building a COVID-Free Community by making a pact with friends that you all agree to be responsible and distant from others so that you can be free with them.  I have heard of some families that work and learn from home and then get together each weekend with other like-minded families to have a meal and entertainment.   This is a great way to spend time with others during the pandemic.

Train your brain. Keep your brain active and healthy. Take a class online. Buy a book of crossword puzzles or brainteasers. Play chess or learn a musical instrument. One of the best ways to preserve your brain health is to challenge it each day.

 Take time for yourself. Between work, family, and maintaining a home, it can be challenging to find personal time. Nevertheless, spend a little time each day doing something that you enjoy. Even if it is just sitting alone on your deck with a cup of coffee in the morning. Some examples of alone time are quiet time with God- meditating, reading the bible and devotionals; writing in a journal; soaking in a tub while listening to soft music and smelling essential oils; and reading an interesting book in front of the fireplace.  Social activity is important, but a little solitude is important, too.

Spend time with positive people. Your thoughts, attitudes, and expectations mirror those of the people around you. By spending time with positive people, you will be more positive, too. Whom do you spend time with now? Are they controlling? Needy? Negative? Demanding?  If so, it is time to choose more positive friends to spend your time with.

Find a job that you enjoy. Besides sleep, you spend more time working than you do on any other single activity. If your job makes you miserable, your emotional health is sure to suffer. Money is not everything! Consider finding a career that you enjoy and if necessary, go back to school to get the required education to have the career of your dreams.  You will be happier and more positive about the future.

Get involved in your community.  Share your time and yourself with your community. This is also a great social activity. You feel better about yourself and increase your sense of self-worth when you help others. There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer.  Check out your local church, neighborhood association, Boys and Girls Club, etc.  Investigate a few of them and then decide to do something for someone else.  

Spend more time doing things you love to do.   What makes you happy? Spend more time doing it. Do you love golf? Build a weekly round of golf into your schedule. Do you like to run or craft?  Build that in your schedule so that you remember that it is something that you enjoy. When you have a balance of happiness in your life, others will be happy too.  

 Get sufficient sleep.   Sleep is necessary for good health, both physical and mental. Those that lose the ability to sleep due to accidents or illness die within several weeks. Your ability to manage stress, make smart decisions, and regulate your emotions are dependent on getting enough sleep.  Try eliminating coffee after 3 pm and following an exercise regimen earlier in the day that will help you to sleep better.  Try natural sleep aids if sleep is a problem.  If you wake up tired you should see your internist.

Have a compelling future.  For your emotional health to be at its best, you need something to look forward to. It might be a date on Saturday night, a vacation, or retiring. It does not matter what it is, but you need something in the future that makes you smile when you think of it.  

Give your mental health as much attention as you do your physical health. Strive to live a well-rounded life filled with enjoyable activities and people. Get enough sleep and find constructive ways to deal with stress. With good mental health, you will be able to handle any challenge that life throws at you.  Remember to get professional help if you are unable to maintain good mental health. You would not attempt to treat a physical disease by yourself. Put as much importance on your mental health. Avail yourself of expert assistance if necessary.  Need help?  Contact us today!

















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