Taking Care of Your Mental HealthMaybe you know how to take care of yourself physically. You try to eat well, you get enough exercise, and sleep a fair number of hours every night. But what about your mental health? Do you have balance in your life? Are you feeling as good on the inside as you may look on the outside or is it all just a façade to fool yourself and others?
Taking care of your mental health is just as important, if not even more important, than taking care of your physical health. They directly impact each other, so sometimes, when you feel depressed and anxious, you are more likely to get sick or suffer from back pain, neck pain or migraines. Staying in peak mental condition is especially important during the holiday season, when stress seems to come at you from all angles!
Here are some things to consider if you want to optimize your mental health:
- Take care of your body – get enough rest, eat healthy foods, drink plenty of water, exercise, and don’t forget your chiropractic appointments!
- Surround yourself with positive people – “like attracts like” they say. If you want positive in your life, then pick positive people to be your friends!
- Be good to you – take care of yourself – schedule a massage, read a book you’ve had for awhile, see a movie with a friend, treat yourself to dinner, and stop criticizing yourself and what you haven’t done. Remember, you are important too!
- Reach out to others – sometimes the best way to feel good about yourself is through helping another person who needs you – it’s amazing how that works – try it!
- Make sure your goals/expectations are realistic – don’t doom yourself to failure by expecting too much of yourself and others. Make a plan that you can work – then work the plan. If you don’t get it all done, remember that tomorrow is another day! Don’t over-commit yourself and learn the word, “no!”
- Learn how to simply be – go for a walk, stretch, get a hobby, listen to some relaxing music – find ways to de-stress that allow your mind to “take a breather.”
If you are under any stress, don’t let it keep building. Stress is a neurological process, which can take a toll on your physical health. So make sure you are getting your regular chiropractic care. Don’t wait for your health and relationships to deteriorate before taking action. To maintain a sound body it’s vital that you have a sound mind.
Downtown Minneapolis chiropractor, Dr. David G. Mancini’s upholds a philosophy of balance and well-being. Maintaining whole being balance of mind, body and spirit represents true holistic care for his Minneapolis clients!