Between work, looking after the house, raising kids, and volunteering, your life is pretty full. Perhaps too full. If you feel exhausted, put upon, and wish you could have a break, this is a sign that your mental and physical health is being affected by your lifestyle. You may think you can ignore them, but that can result in a breakdown. If you want to make sure you keep in top mental health, here are some tips on how to stay sane in a crazy world.
Look After Your Body
It has been shown that too much time inert and indoors can be detrimental to your mental health. Eating junk food and failing to get exercise means that your body is not functioning well. When your body doesn't function well, you don't feel well. You begin to lose your self confidence, and with loss of self confidence comes anxiety and depression. Anybody can fall prey to this kind of degradation, so make sure you eat healthy and exercise regularly. Go to DepressionHurts.ca to find out if you may be suffering from depression.
Get a Good Night's Sleep
No matter how much work needs finishing or how many things there are on your to do list, you should never sacrifice sleep time to get them all done. Reducing your sleep hours leaves you feeling groggy, snappish, and unhappy. Chronic sleep loss can even lead to depression. People who don't get enough sleep also tend to rely too much on caffeine, which can worsen the problem. Get your 8-10 hours of sleep if you want to feel your best.
Make Time For Yourself
When you are self employed, your work schedule can be quite hectic. If you're racing around trying to get it all done, you could end up going to bed without feeling like you had any time for yourself, which can lead to stress and wondering what the point of your life is. To keep yourself grounded and happy, make time each day to do something you like, whether it's visiting a friend, watching a TV show, or knitting. The best time to do this is before bed, so you can retire happy. A busy individual who spends all day taking care of others may decide to set aside a small amount of time each day for a healthy lunch and a little meditation. Some believe you must take care of yourself first, before you are able to help care for others. We agree!
Get Help If Needed
Sometimes our problems can seem too overwhelming to fix with a few extra hours of sleep and a yoga class. If you're finding you have trouble leaving your home or that your quality of life is being adversely affected by your mental health, it's time to get help. Ask your doctor to refer you to a counselor who will listen to your problems and work with you on developing a plan to get things back on track. Don't be afraid to ask for help.
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