The topic of mental health is broad, and there are many different ways to affect various aspects of your life. When most people think of mental health, they think about stress, anxiety, and depression. However, many more factors can affect your mental health, including physical health.
Research says that for many people, there is a link between physical health and mental health, and vice versa. So, maintaining a healthy amount of exercise in your day can improve your mental health.
If you exercise regularly, your general level of stress will decrease, making it easier for you to handle other pressures as well.
But physical health is not the only aspect that affects mental health. Social, economic, and even spiritual factors affect mental health. And honestly speaking, you can only incorporate all these factors through proper balance in your life.
So how do you balance your life in all these aspects without spending too much time, money, and effort? Consider these tips:
1. Take regular breaks and vacations. Everyone deserves breaks and vacation time from work. In our society, however, we rarely give ourselves these breaks and tend to push ourselves to the point of exhaustion. Eventually, however, this leads to burnouts and eventually to mental breakdowns.
—> So instead of pushing yourself to the point of exhaustion, consider taking regular breaks that will allow you to rejuvenate yourself.
—> You don’t always have to take a full-blown vacation to spend quality time with yourself. Sometimes, a few weeks off work is all you need to feel better and free yourself from the stress of the workplace.
2. Try losing balance to find your balance. Letting yourself go of the need to control everything in your life can help you gain better control over it. Go out for a run without following your fitness routine.
—> Spend a day eating whatever you want. Try to do something different from your routine. That’s not to say you need to discard the thought of balancing your priorities but try to let go of your need for control.
—> Letting go of control enables you to accept what life throws at you without worrying too much. And then work to find balance in the long run rather than at every point in your life.
3. Take note of your health. This tip applies to everyone, not just those who need to work on mental health. Having a health check-up at least once every six months will keep you from developing serious health issues and prevent you from dealing with mental issues in the future.
—> A check-up will reveal issues you may be ignoring and that need to be addressed. Don’t wait until it’s too late.
4. Spend some quality alone time. Many people find it difficult — even unnecessary — to make time for themselves. They think that taking time for themselves is less important than spending time with others, but that’s not the case at all.
—> You can be happier if you take some time for yourself each week to do something you enjoy. So, you’ve set aside some alone time, now what? Spend that time doing something relaxing, such as reading a book or watching a movie.
—> After you finish, reflect on what you have done. Were you able to relax? Did you learn something new about yourself? What have your experiences taught you? These are all excellent questions and ones you can answer after you’ve taken time for yourself.
5. Recognize that you can’t do everything by yourself. You are human. And humans need each other. Develop awareness of your strengths and weaknesses and ask for help when you need it.
—> You may be surprised how good it feels to be supported by a friend, family member, or significant other. And that sense of togetherness can be a powerful motivator toward your goals.
Remember that you can achieve balance in life without spending too much money, effort, or time. The key to achieving balance is to find a way to make all the different aspects of your life work together. That’s how you’ll achieve true happiness and fulfillment in your day-to-day life.
Joseph O. Arthur
Certified High Performance Coach