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4 Ways You Can Get Started With Taking Care of Your Mental Health

Taking Care of Your Mental Health Mental health troubles are one of the most pressing concerns in health. In the last several years, depressive and anxiety disorders have been one of the most common ailments that people can experience.

These should be taken seriously if you are experiencing these. Remember that there are lots of things you can do to get help and start to get better.

We put together some of the ways you can start to take care of and improve your mental health. Remember, that everyone's experiences are different. These suggestions below might help, but it's not a guarantee, because some things might work well for one person, but not another. But it's always worth trying!

1. Talk to a Mental Health Professional

Getting started with a new therapist can be an intimidating experience because it means opening up to a new person about your struggles. But it is very much worth it to get the help that you might need.

A therapist can make use of EHR software to keep up to date on your medical situation and any potential medicines you might be on or need so that it will be easier for you.

They can also provide you with guidance on how to manage difficult times with your mental health. Talking with a professional is one of the best places to start your mental health journey.

2. Practice Self-Care

Self-care is essential for maintaining and improving your mental health because it gives you time to appreciate yourself and everything you've been through. Some great ways to practice self-care is by doing things you enjoy. Some examples of self-care might be:

  • Joining a sports team
  • A warm bubble bath
  • Exercise
  • Buying yourself flowers
  • Getting plenty of sleep
  • Reducing your stressors
Taking Care of Your Mental Health All of these are ways you can give yourself some peace and love. But self-care isn't limited to this list above, because self-care can look different for different people. However you do self-care, it isn't wrong as long as it is good for you and brings you a little bit of peace and happiness.

3. Practice Mindfulness and Grounding

Mindfulness is a useful tool that can help you stay calm in difficult situations or on days when you don't feel present due to mental distress.

Mindfulness means being aware of your thoughts and emotions as they arise and making an effort to change them into the thoughts you would prefer to have.

This is usually done via grounding techniques like counting to ten slowly, noticing the sounds and textures around you, repeating a comforting word, or running your hands and arms under hot or cold water for a couple of seconds.

There are more techniques available if any of these don't work for you. Finding a mindfulness method that fits into your lifestyle can improve your mental health.

4. Setting Healthy Boundaries

Setting healthy boundaries with friends, family, coworkers, and employers in your life could have a significant impact. Setting boundaries could be things like:

  • Choosing not to talk about specific topics
  • Respecting your own wants and needs
  • Refusing to give away your free time for a job
  • Saying “No” when you need to without apologizing
This list isn't comprehensive, and only has a few examples of boundaries that can be set. Talking with a therapist can help you identify what your needs are when it comes to boundary setting.
 Final Thoughts

Starting your journey to improve mental health is one of the hardest parts of the journey itself. But with support from loved ones and professionals in mental health, you can accomplish your goals.
Above are some of the ways you can start your healing and recovery journey. As you go on, you may need different techniques at different times, so be patient and be patient with yourself as you go.

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Any facts, figures or references stated here are made by the author & don't reflect the endorsement of iU at all times unless otherwise drafted by official staff at iU. This article was first published here on 21st September 2022.

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