Think of the word ‘health’ and what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For most people, it is probably your physical health; it might be weight, physical fitness, muscle tone, internal organ health, or anything else. However, what you might forget about, but what is just as important is your mental health. In this modern world, with so many pressures and problems and challenges, mental health has come to prominence in recent years, not, perhaps, because more people are suffering from issues in that regard, but because more people are willing to talk about it.
Having a mental health issue is no longer something to feel stigmatized about, but it is certainly something that you need to work on if you are to be as healthy as possible. When you run a business, there are additional stresses and strains to consider, all of which may well upset the balance of your mental health. If this is the case for you, here are some things you can do to help yourself maintain that all-important balance.
Take Time to Relax
You may think that, as a business owner, you need to be working as many hours as you possibly can to make your business grow. The truth is, this can actually be detrimental, and although you will need to work hard, you will also need to make sure you take time to relax and step away; this will make you more productive and help you to go further, even if you are working fewer hours.
If you are constantly thinking about your business, relaxing might not be an easy thing to do, but you must try to switch off and unwind. There are all kinds of options that will help you, such as binging on a TV show box set, going for a long walk, betting on NFL and enjoying the game, reading a book, listening to music, starting a garden, or taking up any kind of hobby. As long as you are doing something other than work, it doesn’t matter exactly what that thing is.
We’ve mentioned how people automatically think of their physical health before their mental health. Still, the two can actually be worked on at the same time, which is helpful for anyone who wants to maintain their overall health. By doing regular exercise, you can tone up your body, lose weight, and get fitter, but exercise also makes you feel happier and improves your mood, which boosts your mental health.
There is a scientific reason for this to happen; when you exercise, your body releases hormones that are designed to make you feel good. A hormone like serotonin, for example, will actually help to reduce the amount of cortisol (known as the stress hormone) in your body, so the more exercise you do, the more serotonin and less cortisol you will have, and the happier you will be.
Your body needs a good amount of sleep each night to stay healthy, and that includes mentally healthy. The problem is, of course, when you have mental health issues, it can be problematic trying to sleep, and this can make the situation worse. However, it is important to try your best to sleep as well as you can, since this is the time when the body sets about repairing itself, and why, when you wake up after a good night’s sleep, you feel so much better.
If you are struggling to get to sleep, try drinking a warm drink such as milk or herbal tea before bed (chamomile is particularly good for sleep). Taking a warm bath is also a good way to feel sleepier. If you are still having problems, make sure you see your doctor for additional help.