Monday is World Mental Health Day, so why not take some time this weekend to do something for your own mental health?
Of course not every mental health condition is treated with natural measures and, contrary to what Donald Trump thinks, mental illness is not something experienced by weak people. For some, seeking professional help is not only recommended but required.
Other times, however, there are natural mental health strategies that you can use even alongside professional help.
Natural Mental Health Strategies You Should Know
At some point in your life, just like everybody else, you may struggle with mental health issues. Whether you’re going through a brief period of depression or battling a chronic issue like clinical depression or Alzheimer’s, it’s important to know there are some natural ways to help treat it.
Getting out for a walk can help improve your mood. Fresh air, sunlight and circulating blood are all ways to provide short-term relief from depression and an improved mood. This is highly recommended for people experiencing brief bouts of depression or those suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which is more likely as each passing day gets shorter. You’ll be surprised at how big of a difference this simple remedy can make in your mental or emotional state!
Chatting with a Friend
Picking up the phone and talking to a friend, heading to a community meeting, or looking into a new hobby are also things that can work to improve mood and keep the mind sharp. Mental stimulation, engagement, and human connection are scientifically found to help improve mental health and cognitive function.
Physical activity has also been found to improve cognitive function in people with dementia. Starting a workout routine at your local gym or community center can be a way to promote neuroconnectivity and re-establish pathways that may have experienced diminished functionality. Working with a senior-specific group training camp may be worthwhile and also present the opportunity to forge some new relationships based on common interest.
When Is Professional Help the Best Mental Health Strategy?
People experience mental health problems in different ways, and sometimes may not even see them coming on or want to accept the reality of what’s happening. Getting in to talk to a professional is likely a good idea if you begin to notice yourself (or someone around you) experiencing:
A notable change in personality, appetite, or sleeping pattern
Inability to cope with problems or daily activities
Strange or grandiose ideas
Prolonged depression or apathy
Mood swings, excessive anger
Suicidal thoughts or expressions
Take this weekend to assess how you feel and recognize if there’s anything that’s concerning. And if you’ve been feeling a little down and want to cheer up, try getting outside, talking to a friend or working on a hobby.