If you’re like most people, you don’t hesitate to call the doctor if your stomach hurts or persistent fever. However, you may have a more difficult time seeking help for emotional or mental health issues. While it may seem heroic to resolve these obstacles on your own, it may not be possible. With that in mind, here are four ways you can prioritize your mental health in the new year.
Consult a mental health professional
Most people think it’s only a good idea to see a therapist after experiencing a traumatic event. However, there are dozens of potential reasons why you would want to talk to a therapist or mental health professional. For instance, you may feel stressed at the office or have trouble understanding why your friends or family have become distant over the past few weeks amidst your efforts to start a business.
It may be a good idea to schedule regular appointments with a therapist even if you aren’t feeling upset or depressed. Much like scheduling regular check-ups with your doctor, regular conversations with a mental health professional may help you identify problems before they escalate.
Pull out of stressful situations
Your body may give you subtle clues that you are pushing yourself too hard emotionally or mentally. For instance, you may get headaches when you’re stressed or have trouble eating or sleeping after working too many days in a row without a break. Ideally, you will listen to your body and pull back when you start to notice signs of potential concern.
Instead of cleaning the house or staying late at the office, it may be best to simply get a massage, go for a walk, take a nap, or take other steps to recharge. Get a good night’s sleep when you start to feel overwhelmed. Sleep can help your brain recover and improve your overall health. When you feel better emotionally, you are usually able to do better work, and you may be able to prevent confrontations that can result in more stress.
Develop a creative outlet for your emotions
You may not be the type of person who wants to talk with a therapist or a friend about your problems. Fortunately, there may be other ways to help you express yourself and healthily process your emotions. For instance, you may want to keep a journal for when you’re unsettled. A creative outlet can reduce stress and be a healthy solution.
Exercise to get rid of stress
Taking a quick walk can help to get your mind off of whatever is causing stress in your life. Running for 30 to 60 minutes can also help to improve your mood while improving your physical health. If you have trouble motivating yourself to stay active, you can join a recreational basketball or softball league. Playing games with others allows you to have fun and be more social, which can help to overcome bouts of depression or loneliness.
Taking care of your mental health may have benefits for your physical health as you may be less likely to eat or sleep too much. Furthermore, you may find it easier to form new relationships or strengthen existing ones when you’re happy instead of stressed. Therefore, be sure to take steps to ensure that you are giving yourself the best possible chance to succeed in your personal and professional life.
Megan Wright is the Chief Editor for ChamberofCommerce.com. Chamber specializes in helping small businesses grow their business on the web while facilitating the connectivity between local businesses and more than 7,000 Chambers of Commerce worldwide.
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