Most people understand the benefits of taking care of themselves physically. There's relatively low stigma around getting a physical exam, having a primary care physician, or finding ways to stay healthy. Yet many people don't offer themselves the same grace for their mental health. What does it mean to invest in your mental health? Our minds and bodies are interwoven, and taking care of one means taking care of the other. Time and again, though, we find ourselves stressed out, overwhelmed, depressed, anxious, and unsure where to turn next. We're told to "push through it" or "get over it." What would it be like if instead, we were able to get the help we needed? It's impossible to be truly healthy without taking time for your mental health as well. Exercise is good for both your body and your emotional state. Mindfulness and meditation helps you stay present in the moment, and learn skills to bring about calmness and inner peace. Taking a break or learning how to set up boundaries is a healthy skill we all need to practice. Self care includes more than just spa days and bubble baths, but making sure you are meal planning, paying your bills on time, and not stretching yourself too thin. Sleep is a key ingredient to being your best self, yet most of us neglect this. Eating multiple nutrients throughout the day fuels your body in a more health promoting way. What other things can you do to improve your mental health?
For some of us, these tips and tricks aren't quite enough. That's where mental health services come into play. Finding a therapist who can help you learn and practice coping skills when life gets stressful is a wonderful start. Sometimes, you need a psychiatrist to help prescribe medication and other forms of treatment. There shouldn't be any more shame in doing this than there is in getting an antibiotic for a sinus infection. If you or someone you love needs help with mental health, reach out to us here at Saha Psychiatry.