The Art of Listening

The Art of Listening

 6  Pillars That Support  Mental Health

6 Pillars That Support Mental Health

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week  and many people are thinking about their own mental wellbeing for themselves and those around them.  It is estimated that 1 in 4 people experience a mental health problem.

Genes, negative experiences and life challenges can impact mental health. Stress, anxiety and depression can affect people of all ages and backgrounds

When sharing their experience some people say:

“ I always seem to have a measure of anxiety, even when I am on my own.”

“ When things are going well for a while, I wonder how long it is going to last until I feel stressed.”

“ I try to take one day at a time but sometimes depression comes and stays for days, sometimes weeks.” 

 Do you relate to this?  If yes, you are not alone. 

But… what is mental health? 

The Mental Health Foundation describes it as: 

“… how we are feeling inside, how we are emotionally. It’s a bit like internal weather.”

I would  add that it involves how we think.  So…  how are you doing today? 

It is normal to have rainy and cloudy days. We are human. It’s when these days become too frequent that a problem arises. The good news is that there are small practices that when applied regularly and consistently have a positive impact on mental heath. .  Keep reading to find out  6 pillars 

  1. Nutrition. As body and mind are connected paying attention about how we nourish our cells can make a considerable difference to mental health. Yes, the brain also eats and our cells need a steady supply of energy. Staying hydrated is also good for brain function. 
  2. Movement. Moving the body in a way that is pleasurable is beneficial both physically and mentally.  Also moving for health instead of beauty has a greater positive impact on mental wellbeing. 
  3. Breathing. A simple 60 second breathing exercise done regularly can regulate stress levels throughout the day. 

4.  Sleep. It is important have a good night sleep usually between 7-9 hours. The best time for deep sleep is before midnight. 

5.  Fresh air. Being in nature and exposed to fresh air, particularly in nature, is known to relieve stress and anxiety. Oxygen affects serotonin and this contributes for feeling more relaxed and happier. 

6.  Sunlight. If you work from home or in an office this is particularly important. Sunlight increases vitamin D and serotonin boosting mood and focus. 

If you It is best to get help as sooner rather than later. Anxiety has a huge impact on mental and physical wellbeing. Counselling can help.  If you would like  a free 15 minute chat t see how you can improve from anxiety and depression get in touch on jael@art-of-listening.co.uk 

References

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https://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2023-07-06-poor-air-quality-found-affect-mental-health-many-ways

https://www.realsimple.com/health/preventative-health/sleep/sleep-before-midnight