We all know how important physical health is but what about mental and emotional health. Eating healthy and working out has become a huge trend (which is a wonderful thing) but if that is the only kind of health that we are focusing on then we are missing what is really important. We are missing the root of the reason why so many people are not physically healthy. Health starts in our mind. Health is a state of the mind, which determines the health of the rest of our body. Here are some ways to achieve better mental and emotional health.
How are your friendships? Do you have real friends that you really share every aspect of your life with? If you are married then you have your spouse but other friends are almost as important. Having a friend or friends that you can share any struggle or problem with is essential to mental and emotional health. It is not healthy to hold things inside. As humans we have a psychological need to connect and care for others. This is something we were designed to do. If you do not have a friend or group of friends that you share this type of relationship with start pursuing it. Start deepening your friendship so that one day you can be at this point with them.
Do you work in an environment that you like? Do you love what you do? Do you enjoy the people you work with? For those of us that work full time jobs we spend just as much time at work as we do outside of work. Since your job is something that you invest so much time and energy into don’t you think it should be something you enjoy? Working at a place that you do no like is the same as waking up every morning and banging you head against the wall for an hour. If you don’t like where you work for the sake of your mental and emotional health get a new job! I promise you will be a better overall person for it.
Do you ever take time for yourself? Do you ever just stop and do nothing? Putting life aside for a while and doing nothing is one of the most important things you can do for your mental and emotional health. With the craziness and chaos of life your body needs to relax. Relaxing looks different for a lot of people. Relaxing might look like taking a nap, hanging out with a friend, reading a box, doing crafts, tanning, etc. Whatever it is that relaxes you do it, and do it often.
Stress is one of the things that will eat away at your mental and emotional health the quickest. Living a life style of stress can destroy a person from the inside out. Do yourself a favor a really examine your life and pin point the things in your life that cause the most stress and get rid of them or resolve the issues. For women especially stress can come from not feeling safe. A great way to reduce this kind of stress from women in by getting a home security system. I found a company called Smith Monitoring that specializes in home security, they offer features such as cameras inside and outside of your home that play a live feed via an app on your smart phone and the app will alert you immediately anytime anything is wrong in your home. Imagine how much peace of mind this could bring to a woman.
Author Bio: Ally is a writer, wife, youth mentor, and health nut. Follow her blogs for all the current trends on home, health, and family.