Being emotionally and mentally healthy doesn’t mean never going through bad times or experiencing emotional problems. We all go through disappointments, loss, and change. And while these are normal parts of life, they can still cause sadness, anxiety, and stress.
The difference is that people with good emotional health have an ability to bounce back from adversity, trauma, and stress. This ability is called resilience. People who are emotionally and mentally healthy have the tools for coping with difficult situations and maintaining a positive outlook. They remain focused, flexible, and creative in bad times as well as good.
Psychologist Shivani Sadhoo Misri today shares some effective but simple daily tips. When one chose to make these tips their daily habits, then physical and emotional well-being are bound to improve.
1. First, make a routine to get enough rest, every day. Working late hours may give you one or two days of extended productivity but unknowingly it will put decrease your efficiency in the long run. Remember, to have good mental and emotional health, it’s important to take care of your body. That includes getting enough sleep. Most people need seven to eight hours of sleep each night in order to function optimally.
2. Practice healthy eating that supports your energy and mood. The subject of nutrition is complicated and not always easy to put into practice. But the more you learn about what you eat and how it affects your energy and mood, the better you can feel. Refer to a dietician and get a healthy diet chart AND DO NOT wait for any disease to make you get through this process.
3. Get a dose of sunlight every day. Sunlight lifts your mood, so try to get at least 10 to 15 minutes of the sun per day. This can be done while exercising, gardening, or socializing.
4. Exercise to relieve stress and uplift your mood. Exercise is a powerful antidote to stress, anxiety, and depression. Look for small ways to add activity to your day, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator or going on a short walk. To get the most mental health benefits, aim for 30 minutes or more of exercise per day.