In today's world, mental health is a crucial aspect of our overall well-being. It's not only about avoiding mental illnesses but also being able to handle stress, cope with challenges, and maintain positive relationships with others. As chiropractors, we see how beautifully connected the body is, and how mental health is interconnected with our physical health. Therefore, caring for both is crucial to contributing to a healthy and happy life. To support ‘Mental Health Awareness Week’, we've put together some simple tips you can use to enhance your mental well-being every day:
1. Prioritise self-care
Self-care is time out dedicated to you. What happens with that time will differ for all of us; it could be taking a bath, going out for a walk, practising meditation or focused breathing, reading a book, or cooking your favourite meal. The aim is to carve time out each day, which can create calm, clarity, and relaxation.
2. Exercise regularly
Intentional movement can help you release feel-good hormones and reduce stress. We love to recommend exercise for the health of the spine, but it’s just as important to support mental health too. If you have had a stressful day or feel anxious, lacing up the trainers can be one of the simplest ways to help reduce those feelings and increase self-esteem.
3. Create a connection
As humans, we are social beings and are designed to connect with others to thrive. Of course, we understand this is easier said than done when feeling like you want to be alone, but it could be simply attending a local class or group, going for a coffee with a friend, or even attending your chiropractic visit. Seeing others can create a sense of belonging and purpose to help reduce feelings of isolation.
4. Focus on sleep
Sleep can do wonders in supporting mental health. Ensuring you get enough sleep by prioritising your routine before bed, and allowing time to calm down before your head hits the pillow, can help you get the well-needed rest. In addition, sleep can help you to feel more focused, productive, and optimistic about the day ahead. Try and aim for 7-8 hours’ sleep where possible.
5. Ask for help
We understand it’s not easy, but we write this to reassure you that there is no shame in asking for help if you are struggling with your mental health. Whether it be confiding in a friend or family member, or seeking professional help, you can reach out for support in many ways. It may be the missing link in helping you take a positive step forward.
We hope these tips help support your health journey. Small changes or additions to the daily routine can make a huge difference in supporting the mind and body.
If there is any way we can help support you in the process, please do ask.
The content of this blog is for educational purposes and is not intended to offer personal medical advice. You should seek the advice of a qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read in this blog.