The pace of modern life is chaotic. Our routine life is often occupied with the pressure of multiple responsibilities. Hectic lifestyle not only affect our physical health, but it put a negative impact on our mental and emotional wellbeing as well.
Though stress is a routine part of or day to day life, and we cannot avoid it completely. However, it can have a negative effect on our mental health and well-being, if we do not manage it properly. Unmanaged stress can affect our mental and physical health negatively and can cause various physical and mental health issues in the longer run.
In this post, I am sharing 5 tips to maintain good mental health for busy people. These steps are practical and easy to implement, and you can fit in easily even with a hectic schedule and busy lifestyle. Read the post to know more!
5 tips to maintain good mental health for busy people!
Here are 5 tips to improve your mental wellness even with a busy lifestyle.
Keep a check on your mental and emotional health
If we want to keep ourselves mentally and emotionally healthy, then it is important to keep a check on our mental and emotional health status. Ideally, you should try to take out at least 10 minutes each day to just do a quick check-in on your mental health status. When you get some free time, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Perform a quick check-in and ask yourself how you are feeling today.
If it sounds complicated, then you can get help from any mediation app which helps in this process and helps you in knowing your mental and emotional health status. Being aware of your mental and emotional health status is the first step that helps in improving your mental health.
Acknowledge your emotions and name it
This is the second important step for improving your mental and emotional wellness. Mental health experts suggest it is easy to feel confused when you have plenty of emotions altogether and suffer from a state of emotional overload. However, it is important to acknowledge your mental and emotional health status by giving a proper name to your existing feelings.
For example: when you acknowledge and name your feelings and emotions like “I am feeling overwhelmed” or “I am feeling anxious”, then it will create a better picture of exact mental and emotional health. This step gives you a fair idea of what your exact mental and emotional health issues are.
Additionally, you can maintain a journal or write down your emotions. Writing not only helps in keeping track of your mental health, but it also works great in solving many problems as well.
Regular physical exercise and eating a healthy diet
It might sound like a more obvious piece of advice, but your lifestyle routine plays a vital role in improving your mental health. Research suggests that there is a strong correlation between your physical and mental health. It is important to eat a healthy diet (which includes whole grains, vegetables and fruits) and perform any kind of regular physical activity for at least 30-45 minutes a day (for at least 5 days a week).
A healthy diet keeps your immune system healthy and improves your mood and overall well-being. In the same manner, regular physical activity boosts the level of the “feel good hormone” (serotonin) and helps in dealing with symptoms of various mental health issues like depression and anxiety.
Being close to nature
Next, the important thing to improve your mental wellness is being close to nature. Nature has amazing healing properties. It reduces our day-to-day stress and uplifts our mood too. Scientific research suggests that being close to nature is a great way to improve your mental and emotional health and can generate many positive emotions like joy and creativity.
You can easily make this a part of your routine, even with a hectic lifestyle. Just take a 10-minute break in between work and go for a quick nature walk. Observing natural scenery and virtual natural sounds and images can also be used as a great tool to calm down your mind. This thing helps in releasing negative emotions and refreshing you within a few minutes.
Learn to say no
Finally, it is important to set healthy boundaries and work as per your individual limit and caliber. In this overcompetitive era, we face various kinds of pressures (professional, social etc.) in our day-to-day life. As responsible grown-ups, we want to fulfil each possible commitment and want to make everyone happy around us. However, on a practical aspect, this is not possible all the time.
Saying “yes” to everyone and every situation not only creates unhealthy pressure on your life but also puts a negative impact on your mental and physical health. It is important to learn the art of saying “NO”. Setting healthy boundaries in different areas of life helps in reducing unwanted pressure and improves your mental health and well-being.
So, are these some easy ways to improve your mental health with a hectic lifestyle routine? What are your thoughts? Please share with us.