1.04.2018

Improving your mental wellbeing

We live in a society that tends to be very much focused on the visible. We always want proof, evidence, and visible results. This applies to most areas of our lives, including medicine. It’s not all too surprising then that mental health and wellbeing tends to have taken the back foot when it comes to research and awareness. Luckily, recent years have attempted to rectify this situation and increasing attention and importance are being directed towards mental health. If you feel that you have been struggling with your mental health and emotional well-being of late, don’t worry. There are several things that you can do to alleviate your concerns and help you on the path back to good health.


See a Therapist

When it comes to dealing with mental health issues or improving general mental wellbeing, there’s one individual who will be able to help you more than anyone else: a professional, qualified, and experienced psychiatrist. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specialises in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental, emotional, and behavioural disorders. If you believe that you are experiencing problems, they will be able to guide you on the best route to happiness, contentedness and general wellbeing. You may wish to seek psychiatric help for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you have experienced sudden changes in your mental and emotional wellbeing. You might be experiencing panic attacks, hallucinations, sudden thoughts of harming yourself or others, or even “hearing voices”. Alternatively, you may be experiencing more chronic symptoms, such as depression, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive habits. A psychiatrist will be able to identify the problems you are experiencing and help you to see what is causing them, at the same time as offering effective treatment that will allow you to feel safer and more comfortable in your own being in next to no time.


Keep a Journal

Keeping a journal is a more private alternative to talking therapy. Instead of consulting with a professional, you simply put your thoughts down on paper. This is great for relieving anxiety, stress, and gathering all of your problems in one place. In a way, you can take a whole lot of pressure off your own shoulders by doing this. If you do decide to take part in therapy or counselling for any issues you may have down the line, you can also use this as a brilliant and reliable reference, as it will give you insight into your fluctuations of mood and your general thought process over time.

Exercise

Recent research has found that regular exercise can greatly improve individual’s mental health. While it may not be a miracle cure, it has been found to alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety, relieve stress, and boost people’s overall mood. This is probably because of all of the endorphins and adrenaline that are released during physical exertion, creating a natural high! So, it may be time to head down the gym or take up activities closer to home, such as jogging.

These are just a few things that you can do to improve your general mental health. Bear in mind that there are many more options out there. It’s all just a matter of finding what’s best for you and your personal needs and preferences!

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