Experts share how to best support your mental health.

According to the World Health Organization, the goal is to raise awareness of mental health issues globally and to help organize efforts that support mental health. The WHO reports that one in eight people around the world live with mental health conditions.

To support your mental health, this is what experts recommend:

  • Ask for help – This is the number one thing on their list because it’s important. Therapists and other mental health professionals can provide guidance and support when you need it.
  • Prioritize self-care – It comes in many different forms, from getting a massage to reading for pleasure, and research shows that self-care can alleviate anxiety and depression, lower stress, boost concentration, increase happiness, and improve energy. The thing about it is, what works for one person may not work for you, so find the kind of self-care that makes you feel relaxed and make time for it in your schedule.
  • Connect with others – Talking to people about your mental health struggles can reduce stress levels and improve mood, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Finding someone you feel comfortable being open with and sharing what you’re going through can help you feel less alone.
  • Stay active and get outside – Daily exercise is great for you, even if it’s just a walk. And if you can do it outside, even better, as research has shown that being in nature can reduce depression, increase energy levels and boost well-being.
  • Sleep – We all do it already, but many of us don’t get enough sleep, or good quality sleep. Aim for seven to nine hours a night and if you have trouble sleeping, having a routine to help you wind down at bedtime and going to bed at the same time every day can help.
  • Eat healthy – What we eat and drink affects our health, both physical and mental. Everything in moderation, from sugar to alcohol, is the way to go.
  • Make an impact – Giving back and being kind to others can make you feel better, too. One recent study finds that people who did kindness activities for seven days felt a boost of happiness.

Source: NY Post

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