One scroll through Instagram’s barrage of #fitspo and healthy eating posts is enough to appreciate the fact that we place a whole lot more emphasis on looking after our physical health than our mental health.
Psychologists have shared their best tips to stay mentally healthy on a recent Reddit thread. They’re small tweaks that can have a big impact. We’re in.
1. Don’t let your job define you.
Your worth doesn’t begin and end with your LinkedIn profile.
“Sometimes people get hyperfocused on their jobs they begin to feel like their whole life is about sitting behind their desk. Remember you’re also a friend, member of the family, sports fan, etc.
There are so many different aspects that make up who we are. It’s important to remember this, especially when one aspect of our life begins to cause us distress. Therefore, it is also important to make time for these parts of who we are.”
2. Be kinder to yourself.
Another stressed the benefits of setting the same expectations for yourself as you do for other people.
“Too often we judge ourselves harsher than the rest of the world, and it ends up making us anxious and/or depressed because we never feel accomplished.”
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3. Ask for help.
“Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you think that you need it. You can have a disorder and still be mentally healthy; they only become unhealthy if not treated.”
4. Pat yourself on the back.
You earned it.
“If you do something, anything, that is hard for you, give yourself credit for having done it. Doesn’t matter if all you did was get out bed. If it was hard, be proud.” (Post continues after gallery.)
5. Find someone you can talk to.
It will make the world of difference.
“If there are people who seem genuinely concerned about you as a person, start sharing small details about your feelings and see if they show they are good listeners. If you don’t have people you think show concern, ask yourself whether you think you know where to find them.”