Mental Health illnesses are serious and real health issues that cannot be treated with lifestyle changes alone. Combining lifestyle changes and therapy can be more effective and help you see a more rapid change.
Check out some of these lifestyle changes that can affect your mental health!
Exercise/activity level: Exercise doesn’t just control your weight and improve your physical health, it can also give you protective benefits for your mental health. Some studies show that exercise can be just as beneficial as antidepressants. When you get the chance, take the stairs, go for a bike ride, or take the dog out for a walk around the neighborhood.
Smoking: Almost half of people with mental illness are smokers, and obviously we know that it’s bad for you. Even though quitting can be a challenge and may even yield a temporary downturn in your mental health, research shows that in just a few weeks after quitting it increases mental health. Smoking contributes to mood problems and physical problems such as heart disease, coughing, and difficulty exercising.
Diet: Unhealthy food choices such as excess processed foods, sweets, and foods with a low nutrient value can all undermine mental health. Research shows that healthy fats such as Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, as well as the fat found in fruits such as avocados, can boost brain power and improve your mood.
Social and community activities: Isolated people are more likely to struggle with mental health issues, and even a single outing a week with a friend can improve your mood for days. Getting involved in volunteer work can also help you feel more connected. The key is finding people you enjoy being around and who make you feel good about yourself.
Healthy romantic relationships: Research shows that a healthy romantic relationship can make a big difference on your mental health. Healthy romantic relationships have been shown to help people avoid anxiety and unstable personality traits.
Your lifestyle really does affect how you feel, you can become your own best mental health aide by taking the first step toward a healthy lifestyle. Not sure where to begin? Seek advice from a Mental Health Professional, they can give you additional suggestions based on your condition, lifestyle, and specific needs.
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