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Everyday Habits You Can Implement To Take Care of Your Mental Health

Everyday Habits You Can Implement To Take Care of Your Mental Health

It’s alarming to think that mental illness affects tens of millions of Americans each year, but only half receive treatment. In the United States, 1 in 5 people experience some type of mental illness in a given year. 

With these kinds of numbers, it’s important to pause and learn about ways to take care of your mental health.

At Murray’s Health & Wellness in Naples, Florida, Emilia Murray, MD, is a board-certified internal medicine physician who understands the importance of giving your body the care it needs to thrive. 

She and our team are here to support the wellness of your whole being. There are numerous ways to practice self-care and give your mental health the attention it needs. Let’s first look at why it’s so important to take care of your mental health.

How your mental health affects your well-being

Though you might assume that focusing on your physical health is the best pathway to a thriving life, you shouldn’t forget your mental health, which is just as important.

Poor mental health can affect your body negatively in many ways. It can cause headaches, fatigue, anxiety, digestive issues, and sleepless nights. It can also put you at risk for such conditions as:

Poor mental health can also play a role in your behaviors. For example, when you ignore mental health issues, it can put you in a frame of mind that might cause you to want to harm yourself.

Maintaining a positive outlook and treating mental health conditions are crucial to keeping your emotions, thoughts, and behaviors stable, which ultimately affects your overall well-being. 

Ways to take care of your mental health

Your lifestyle can have the most powerful impact on your mental health. Here are some ways to keep your mental health balanced.

Nurture your body

What you put in your body and how you treat it can influence your mental health in positive ways. Begin by implementing these practices today:

These simple changes can play a large role in improving your mental health.

Take time to be still

The world can be very chaotic. Taking time to be mindful and to breathe (inhaling deep breaths and exhaling slowly) can relax you and offer a sense of peace and calm that can promote positivity for your mental health.

Keep good company

Healthy connections with good people give you the support you need. Whether you get together for physical activity, like riding bikes, or just grab a meal together, healthy relationships can keep your mindset in a positive light.

Don’t self-medicate

When you turn to alcohol and other drugs as a coping mechanism, you can intensify your mental health issues. Instead, redirect your attention. Take a walk, read a book, or enjoy a cold glass of lemonade or a warm cup of tea.

Reach out

If you struggle with your mental health, don’t be embarrassed or afraid to find the appropriate help. Start by making an appointment with our team at Murrays Health & Wellness. We’re here to help.

Benefits of taking care of your mental health

Improving your mental health offers many benefits, including:

Doing what it takes to focus on your mental health can also help you want to be more social and improve your relationships with others. 

If you’re looking for ways to improve your mental health, reach out to Dr. Murray and our compassionate team today by phone or through this website.

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