Today is World Mental Health Day

On World Mental Health Day, it’s important to ask yourself the following question: When you think about preventing sickness and maintaining a healthy body, do you include your mental health in that picture?

When we don't take care of our minds, our overall health suffers. Check out this table from the Mayo Clinic on the common effects of stress: 

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/stress-management/in-depth/stress-symptoms/art-20050987

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/stress-management/in-depth/stress-symptoms/art-20050987

Our mental wellbeing is an incredibly important part of our health as humans, but we pay relatively little attention to it compared to our physical health. Most of us accept stress as a modern day malady and have never learned practical techniques to maintain a healthy mental outlook.

Why should we pay attention to mental health?

Taking care of our mental health is a major contributor to our happiness and sense of balance, goals that most people strive for. Not listening to your mental state on a daily basis or doing things to maintain your mental balance, stability and positivity can lead to more serious issues. Over 18% of adults in the U.S. have excessive anxiety and nearly 7% had at least one depressive episode in the past year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

What are some things you can do to improve and maintain your mental health? Different things will work for different individuals, but here is a quick list of 10 things you may want to learn more about and try:

1)   Relaxed breathing exercises

2)   Meditation

3)   Spending time outdoors

4)   Practicing yoga

5)   Regular exercise

6)   Progressive muscle relaxation

7)   Massage

8)   Acupuncture

9)   Reducing your caffeine and sugar intake

10) Improving your sleep quality and creating a relaxing bedtime routine

If you feel you could use some extra guidance in how to better address your mental health, please get in touch. We would be more than happy to guide you as you develop a plan to care for this essential piece of your overall wellbeing.