Today is World Mental Health Day, and as everyone opens up more to discussions about mental health, pioneering initiatives in the Middle East are tackling stigma to ensure that nobody suffers alone.
Below are 5 ways to look after your mental health:
Talk to people
It is very important to talk to someone about your feelings—it is not healthy to bottle up negative thoughts and feelings that could lead you to worry. Talking to people can help you feel less lonely and more supported.
It is a part of human nature to get exhausted or overwhelmed sometimes, such as if work is not going according to plan or life in general is getting you down. Never be afraid or ashamed to ask for help. Reach out family members or close friends and talk about how you’re feeling. If you don’t feel able to turn to family, friends or colleagues, there are local support groups and counselors available that would be glad to hear from you.
Take a break
Make sure to always give yourself a break from the daily grind. Break your routine to refresh your mind and explore new areas in life. For example, you can travel to new countries and explore different cultures and tourist destinations. You can have a self-care day at home by eating healthy, meditating and minimizing outside noise and distractions.
Doing sports or going to the gym can help you boost your confidence and decrease symptoms of anxiety and stress. Exercising is proven to release endorphins in your brain, which is a chemical that improves your mood and makes you feel good.
Your brain and body need different nutrients to keep you healthy and active. A healthy balanced diet will definitely leave you feeling good and confident for the day to get work done.