How To Quickly Fix Your Mental Health

Your mental health is incredibly important. That pretty much goes without saying. But at the same time, so many of us neglect it. The problem with that is the fact that mental health, if left to be neglected, can go very wrong very quickly. The best thing you can do is keep a check on how you are, and this little checklist should help you do just that.

Sleep more

Sleep is a big part of our mental health. Many of us don;t realise this and burn the midnight oil to get some things done. However, you can’t do this forever, and if you try, you may well find that the level of fatigue you experience is damaging, especially in the long term.

Sleep helps us to regulate information, because it helps to regulate the chemicals and signals in our brain that help transmit information. Without sleep we can become confused, fatigued, and generally unable to function. This kind of problem will only affect our mental health for the worse.

Bear in mind, also, that the amount of sleep you have is subjective to a large degree. If eight hours works for you and you wake up feeling fresh and alert, that’s what you can manage on. If you need ten hours to truly feel able to face the day, that’s right for you. But not sleeping only makes you feel worse, and unable to function. And that brings on anxiety and a host of other mental health issues.

Drugs

Obviously, some of life’s pleasures are good in moderation. But if you’re in a situation where you are abusing alcohol and drugs, the negative payoff is immense. The simple fact that alcohol can leave you tired and anxious on the morning after should tell you that the mental health impacts of prolonged alcohol and drug use can be incredibly damaging.

On top of that, prolonged use of alcohol and drugs can induce withdrawal symptoms that can add even more problems to the list. Mental health suffers if you indulge in substances like this, so cutting alcohol and drugs out of your life can really help you to become more in control. And it’s worth remembering that all drugs can have negative effects if you are excessive in their use.

The sunlight factor

Sunlight gives us Vitamin D. So it’s very much worth being in the sunshine for part of your day. However, what most people don't realise is that Vitamin D has a greater part to play in our mental health than you might expect.

Vitamin D helps our brains to release chemicals that boost our mood, chemicals like endorphins and serotonin. Some people actually develop Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) if they aren’t getting enough sunlight. This is a type of depression.

While it’s arguable that there are no real ‘quick fixes’ for mental health issues, there are certainly small things you can do to boost your capacity to cope with issues and problems that would otherwise damage your mental resilience. Easy to integrate into your day, these tips will simply provide you with a stronger footing regarding your mental health.