3 things you can do to take care of your mental health

Whether we’re living in a pandemic, adjusting to life after COVID-19, or just trying to get through the day, there are times when we all need a “mental break” and need a few moments to change our thought patterns and deal with the pressure we may be feeling at the moment.

Thanks to this Guide to Mental Health Assistance for Students, we’ve found three things you can do right now to help shift your mental state and find moments in your day to recalibrate and refocus.

Meditation

Meditation is a great method to employ if you need help managing stress. Meditation is useful for treating stress because it can produce a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind, both of which are necessary to help lower stress levels. 

During meditation, you’ll focus your attention on one point of reference and eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that can overwhelm your mind and increase stress levels. Doing this may result in better emotional well-being.

Physical fitness

Exercise can be a great way to cut down on stress levels. This works, in part, because exercise reduces levels of the body’s stress hormones, like adrenaline and cortisol. Physical activity also stimulates the production of endorphins, which are the body’s natural mood elevators. 

And, not only does exercise produce endorphins, but it can also help you to refocus. A quiet hike in nature can help take the focus off of the external things that cause you to worry and refocus it on the task at hand. 

Plus, exercise can also give you the confidence to tackle the other challenges that contribute to your stress. Exercise can help you sleep better, lower your blood pressure, and give you more energy, allowing you to dedicate time and energy to knocking out those other concerns in your life.

Setting a sleep schedule

Mental illness can greatly disrupt your sleep patterns. When you’re tired, you often cannot think clearly. Being sleep-deprived can lead to being moody and irritable, and it can make you more susceptible to stress, too. 

Want more information on how to set a better sleep schedule? Check out some of the tips that are included in the guide.

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