Mental health refers to emotional, cognitive, and behavioral well-being. The World Health Organization (WHO) explains mental health as “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.” Mental health is sometimes used as a term to indicate the absence of a mental disorder. Everyone has some risk of developing a mental health disorder, regardless of age, sex, income, or ethnicity. Mental disorders are recognized as one of the leading causes of disability in America. Prioritizing your mental health and wellness can result in countless benefits. Consider trying these indoor mental health activities, all of which can be easily integrated into your normal routine:
- Do one thing at a time: instead of attempting to multitask, try tackling one thing at a time. This can allow you to provide your undivided attention to completing each task accurately and efficiently, increasing your productivity.
- Exercise: regular exercise can not only help you remain physically fit, but also provides a natural release of endorphins, elevating your mood and enhancing your mental health.
- Eat right: Food is not only meant for sustenance. It is a fantastic way to energize yourself and nourish your body. Taking the time to eat healthy foods helps to fuel not only your body, but also your mind. Eat balanced and nutritious meals, stay properly hydrated, and try new foods.
- Explore your creative side: engaging in creativity can be an excellent emotional outlet and mood booster; consider painting, sculpting, journaling, etc.
- Embrace mental exercise: learn a new skill, do a puzzle, tackle a difficult recipe, etc.
- Breathwork: research has found breathing techniques can effectively help with relaxation, stress management, control of psychophysiological states, and improve organ function.
- Take regular mini breaks throughout your day: use these breaks to do a quick body check and see where you may be feeling tension, exhaustion, or any unwanted feelings. Add your breathing exercises to your breaktime to release and let go of anything that you do not want in your mental, emotional, and/ or physical body and reenergize.
It is helpful to bear in mind that not strategies will be effective for everyone and depending on the circumstances some may be more helpful than others. If one or more of the above suggestions does not resonate with you, keep searching. There is a plethora of ways to improve your mental health.
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Every family in need of mental health treatment must select a program that will best suit the needs of their family. When one member of a family struggles, it impacts everyone in the family unit. To maximize the benefits of treatment we work closely with the entire family to ensure that everyone is receiving the support they need through these difficult times. Seeking help is never easy, but you are not alone! If you or someone you know needs mental health treatment, we strongly encourage you to reach out for help as quickly as possible. It is not uncommon for many mental health difficulties to impact a person’s life, long term. Pursuing support at the beginning of one’s journey can put the individual in the best position to learn how to manage themselves in a healthy way so they can go on to live happy and fulfilling lives.
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