Looking after your emotional health
For many people, emotional health can be a challenge, caring for it is a lifelong process that they have to factor into everything else in their lives. There are a few things you can do that will make your life easier though if you are able to implement them.
That may sound a lot easier said than done, but exercise produces endorphins, which are known as ‘happy hormones’ and will fill you with a flush of cheerfulness and satisfaction after you’ve raised your heart rate a little.
No one’s saying that you have to start pumping weights, but going for a walk around the block every day will do wonders for your health both mental and physical.
If you’re having problems making yourself get outside then why not ask one of your neighbours if you can borrow their dog once a day for a walk? You could also try out some gentle yoga exercises like Yoga With Adriene at home.
If you have depression then you might find that when you’re in the middle of a particularly bad phase, food tastes a lot like sawdust, which definitely doesn’t make you inclined to cook yourself a healthy dinner, but if you don’t eat you’ll absolutely feel worse.
You don’t have to make three course meals – instead, buy simple, tasty food like cans of tomato or chicken soup along with soft bread and plenty of butter. You should also go for as much fresh fruit and vegetables as possible – you might not feel like eating much but bread and cheese, hummus and carrot sticks, baby tomatoes and slices of cucumber followed by a banana will take you minutes to prepare and add some much needed nutrients to your diet.
Talk To Your Doctor
It’s tempting to think that your doctor knows nothing about what’s really going on inside your head, but the fact is that you must talk to a medically trained professional. They’ll understand how to recognise ADHD symptoms in adults, or whether you have bipolar instead of depression, and they’ll also have lots of different treatments options that you could try out.
Practise Self Care
It’s important to be gentle with yourself, but at the same time, self care doesn’t entail never leaving the house because you don’t feel up to it. You have to try to make yourself get off the sofa and get out of bed to go out to socialise with your friends – you’ll feel better for it, and you need to make sure that you stay in touch with the people who care about you.
It’s easy to get isolated if you’re suffering from emotional health problems, but you should do your best to let your friends in so that they understand what’s going on with you.