Mark Swaim MD PhD, How to Boost Mental Wellbeing
At the moment we are all going through a difficult time with the pandemic that has hit the world and that has meant that a great many of us are locked down at home. This can have an adverse affect on our mental wellbeing which is why we must all try our best to improve it. Mental wellbeing is not just important now however, it is important in our daily lives and even after all of this is over, we are going to have to pay particular attention to our mental health. Mark Swaim MD PhD is an expert in mental wellbeing and he has given us some great insight on the things that people should be doing, with that in mind here are our tips on how to improve your mental wellbeing.
There is a clear link between being physically and mentally fit and whilst a buff bod may not be the answer to all of your problems, it is certainly going to go a long way in helping you avoid many mental health issues. When we are fit and in shape we feel confident and generally in charge of what is going on, and that in turn can give our mental wellbeing the boost which it needs. The more you lounge around or eat rubbish, the more likely it is that you feel down.
A really important thing for our minds is to feel that we have a purpose and in setting goals and working towards something this is exactly how we can find it. Set yourself small goals at first, goals which you are going to be able to achieve, once you have done that start setting yourself slightly more challenging goals and work towards those. These goals give us real purpose and achieving them can help give us a sense of accomplishment.
Another highly important tool for your mental wellbeing is talking, and feeling comfortable discussing your feelings and your general well-being. There is nothing wrong with feeling anxious or scared, overwhelmed or depressed, these are all natural feelings. If you don’t talk about these feelings then you run the risk of bottling them all up inside and when that happens it can lead to all kinds of outbursts and out-of-character actions. Find someone who you trust and who can listen to you and don’t be afraid to talk.
There is an abundance of evidence which suggests that social media has a negative impact on your mental wellbeing which is why you must ensure that you do all that you can to avoid going on social media or at the very least greatly restricting your time on social media. There are all sorts of pressures and fans realities which this creates that is significantly damaging and it is essential for your own mental wellbeing that you stay away.
Simple tips but ones which will have a big impact.