We are in the dead of winter and the cold harsh weather. We all know that the weathre can have an effect on our emotions and moods, darkness arising earlier in the evening, and our ability to go out and socialize. We may tend to struggle during these times to remain confident in our abilities because we feel so sheltered. However, there are ways we can improve our mental health through some simple but yet effective practices…

Get Good Sleep

Sleep is one of the most important factors to our overall health. It is recommended that the average adult requires eight hours of sleep. It is essential to let your body recharge through sleep so you can be proactive the next day. In order to get good sleep, it is beneficial you adjust your body to a natural sleep routine. Furthermore, going to bed every week night around 9 pm and waking up around 6 am is structural, as opposed to fluctuating sleep times throughout the week. In addition, falling asleep can be complicated at times. It is suggested that reading a book or listening to soothing music is more useful than looking at your phone and indulging in social media.

Eat Healthy

You hear the phrase all time, “Eat your fruits and vegetables!” Whether it’s from your parents or grandparents, it’s true! Fruits and vegetables contain essential vitamins and minerals such as water, vitamin C, and antioxidants that prove to be healthy for your immune system. You can incorporate these food groups in any meal. The common expression, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” also proves to be effective. Breakfast provides you with vital energy for the coming day rather than relying on any form of caffeine. Caffeine is categorized as a stimulant, which means it provides instant energy to suppress your current stage, thus later feeling the effects like a depressant, such as drowsiness, headaches, and mental exhaustion.

Drink Plenty of Water

Water is stated to compose up to seventy percent of the human body. Scientists suggest that humans consume half their body weight in ounces of water. This way you can stay hydrated and prepared for any activity that comes your way. Lack of water can lead to fatigue, dehydration, frequent illness, sugar cravings, and poor skin health. All of these can be harmful to the human body and negatively impact your mental health. We want to set our bodies up for success, not failure!

Exercise

Exercise is another important factor in improving your mental health. You should participate up to thirty minutes a day of physical activity. Physical activity can involve many areas of work such as hiking, walking, biking or running. However, as we run into colder weather some of these activities can become more complicated. So stop in here at Riverside Corporate Wellness and consult with one of our fitness professionals to give you an array of options! Moreover, there are ways activities can be done in the comfort of your own home. Home remedy workouts that involve pushups, squats, and sit-ups can be done. Yoga, Pilates and meditation can also be achieved! Meditation especially, is a great way to clear your thoughts and tune into your body. Meditation can alleviate stress through decompression and relaxation.

Set Goals!

Goal-setting is a great way to overcome any fears or obstacles you may have. Goal-setting, whether big or small, is proven to be productive. Goals can range from doing your laundry and waking up early in the morning to acing an exam or accepting a new job. Any form of accomplishment drives success. Remember, what comes with success comes failure. But we must not fear failure, we must embrace it. Take challenges head on and stay committed to your goals and you will reap the benefits.

In summary, the categories discussed are ways you can improve your mental health. Use this information and further dive into your own capabilities. Explore what makes you comfortable and uncomfortable, and aim that towards improving your mental health, because in the end it’s all about what makes YOU happy!

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