A healthy mind: Four habits to support mental wellbeing

A healthy mind: Four habits to support mental wellbeing

A healthy mind: Four habits to support mental wellbeing

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I’m no expert in mental health, but I have some understanding of how interconnected our health and wellbeing is with our mind and thoughts. I recently read that 3 million Australian’s experience anxiety or depression and after seeing some people close to me go through difficult emotional times, it almost feels like this topic is overdue.

I want to talk about our mental health because it plays a significant part in our health and wellbeing. It’s not something that we can ignore (although some may try to). Is a healthy mind something you consider in your self care?

A healthy mind: Four habits to support mental wellbeing

Here are four simple practices to consider incorporating into your lifestyle to support a healthy mind. Perhaps they sound basic, but there’s beauty in the basic. Of course, this list is clearly not the be all and end all, and if you feel like you’re struggling a little in this area, there’s no shame in talking to a professional. Consider heading to your GP, having an open and honest chat, and looking at some possible options to explore further.

1. Sleep has got to be a priority

Try to get to bed at a decent time each night and get the number of hours you feel you need.

While everyone has different sleep requirements, the National Sleep Foundation recommends adult get 7 – 9 hours a night.

If you find it difficult to fall asleep and haven’t tried any meditation apps before, consider taking a look at what’s available; there’s some seriously good quality apps out there to help you.

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Rest and sleep; good for body, mind and spirit!

2.  Take note of what you’re drinking

Drinks containing caffeine such as tea, coffee and energy drinks can increase feelings of anxiousness.

If you have experienced anxiety issues previously, it might be best to steer clear of these drinks completely.

Drinks such as Coca Cola, Monster, Mother, Red Bull, Rockstar and V won’t do your health any good. Consider trying alternative drinks such as decaf varieties, herbal teas, or fruit juices (in moderation). If you’ve built up a dependency on these drinks, consider cutting down very slowly but surely.

It is better to do things well and take things slowly rather than going cold turkey, and then ending up back in old habits at a later stage. Consider speaking to your GP if your stimulant intake is something that concerns you.

All good things in moderation…

3. The life balance equation

Life can sometimes be a tricky balancing act between work life, social life and home life.

It’s important to connect, as well as have some down time to rest. Sometimes we might feel like just staying home and spending some time alone, and that can be a healthy practice. It’s a balancing act; too much isolation from others can be detrimental to your health.

Nurture those close family and friend relationships and consider blocking out some regular times for catching up with the ones you love if this is something you’re interested in improving on.

4. Sneak in some movement 

Exercise doesn’t have to take over your life. How about a moderately paced 25-minute walk three times a week, or a couple of one-hour sessions at the gym? Or a couple of power walks with a friend?

Exercise can certainly help with sleep, helping you to get to sleep easier and have a better sleep quality.

Exercise can increase your energy levels and boost your mood, and once you’ve gotten into the swing of things, you might be surprised how simple it is to build exercise into your lifestyle.

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It’s easy to look at these tips and not actually take any action, but I’d encourage you to give one of them (or all of them!) a go. Good health doesn’t have to be complicated. Let go the excuses that try to stop you from moving forward.

A group of small steps can have great impact on your health!

Got some good tips for a healthy mind? Share it in the comments 🙂

Kate x

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