Most people facing mental health issues can benefit from the support of some form of therapy, and creating a safe space to discuss problems and work through issues with another trusted person can be vital. As well as knowing when to seek help, lifestyle changes that we can make on our own can be powerfully therapeutic for our mental and emotional well-being.
The Benefits of Change
Making lifestyle changes, and sticking to them, brings physical and emotional benefits and a sense of control and accomplishment. A lot of small actions taken together can significantly improve symptoms of anxiety, depression, self-worth, and self-confidence. Many of these lifestyle activities are also effective ways of managing stress.
Exercise has measurable effects on well-being. Regular exercise can have a profoundly positive impact on stress, depression, anxiety, and conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). If something supports heart health, it is generally good for mental wellness, as it strengthens blood vessels, improving circulation and oxygenation to the brain and central nervous system. Those who exercise regularly report a tremendous sense of well-being, more energy, improved sleep and memory, and a more positive outlook.
Eating whole foods maximizes brain health. Leafy green vegetables, fruit, legumes, whole grains, lean meats, and seafood provide key nutrients such as folate, zinc, magnesium, and essential fatty acids and antioxidants, all necessary for optimal brain function. As well as choosing the right foods, a healthy diet is also about balance. The occasional cup of coffee can give us an energy boost, and drinking alcohol in controlled moderation can relax us and help us socialize. In excess, though, these can be harmful.
Sleep is as key to mental and emotional health as a regular activity. It allows the body to rest, digest food, and repair itself. Good sleep habits—adjusting light and temperature in bedrooms, having a regular bedtime, and reducing screen time before bed, give the body and mind recovery time.
Getting out of artificial environments and spending time in a green space such as a local park, the countryside, or by the ocean de-stresses and connects us with the real world.
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Ahmed Elsaadani is a psychosexual and relationship therapist offering psychotherapy to indviduals and couples who face problems their sexual life due to psychological impact or relational problems. He is in training with London diploma for psychosexual and relationship therapy.