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How to Be Mindful of your Mental Health

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How to Be Mindful of your Mental Health

Tips to Support Your Emotional Health & Wellness

When we talk about taking care of ourselves, there is often an emphasis on looking after your physical health through eating a healthy diet and leading an active lifestyle. However, it is just as important to look after your mental health too.

In light of Mental Illness Awareness Week, the health experts at St. John’s are here to share some tips to help you feel your best.

Spend More Time Outdoors

Leading an active lifestyle and spending time outdoors comes second nature for those living in the Jackson community. Along with being an entertaining way to spend your free time, it can also help to support your mental health.

When exercising, your brain undergoes a chemical response, releasing endorphins that ultimately help to:

  • Reduce stress levels.
  • Stabilize your mood.
  • Improve self-esteem and confidence.
  • Reduce muscle tension.

Spending time out in nature also has the following psychological health benefits:

  • Decrease stress levels.
  • Improve concentration.
  • Reduces risk of developing mental health disorders.
  • Improve memory.
  • Build decision-making and critical thinking skills.

Whether you prefer gardening in your yard or camping under the stars, try adding more outdoor activities to your routine to give your mind a healthful boost.

Learn to Set Boundaries

Many people are guilty of taking on more responsibilities than they can handle, ultimately leaving you feeling overwhelmed and burnt out. This makes it increasingly important to know how to set boundaries for yourself and prioritize your mental health. While you may feel guilty or like you’re selfish for saying “no,” know that it is perfectly okay for you to decline extra work, attending social events, or doing favors if it means your mental state will suffer.

Seek Help When you Need it

When suffering from mental health issues, many people find themselves feeling isolated and alone. Fortunately, you don’t have to deal with your symptoms on your own—reaching out for additional support when you need it can make a world of difference. Whether you want to confide in a loved one, reach out to a mental health hotline, or talk to your primary care doctor, there are people who are here to help!

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