Taking care of mental health is just as important as taking care of physical health. Because it is equally fragile! However, in contrast to physical complaints, mental ailments are not visible and thus they are often recognized too late or consciously hidden by shame.

Protecting mental health

The incidence of mental illness in society is increasing steadily. Therefore, coping skills for stress in everyday life are becoming more and more essential. By using certain protective factors and behaviors, mental resilience can be trained and extreme situations can be mastered without suffering serious psychological damage. I think this is very important for our wholehearted well-being. I gathered 5 tips for your everyday life, to strengthen your mental health a bit and deal better with future stressful situations.

1. Plan rest periods and set limits

In stressful phases, people often want to save time and consequently tend to forego taking breaks. However, every exertion also needs a rest phase! These breaks are particularly important during stress to stay mentally fit and to interrupt a constant strain. Everything that gives the mind even a little time-out is helpful – a walk, social contacts, a coffee… just try it!

Through different media, our sensors are easily overloaded and it is important to minimize everyday information and stimuli.  Set clear limits on how you use your cell phone and social media and try to take a day or two off from social media, like a little “digital detox”. This often reduces the mental stress and lets you focus more on “real life”.

2. Create a place of rest

Find your own “happy place”! This can be, for example your living room, cozy cafe around the corner or just in the nature. A place where you can relax and regain your strength, breath freely and gather your thoughts. Because our environment has a real effect on us. If you are in a quiet and stress-free place, this tranquility is also transferred to your psyche and allows you to regenerate mentally.

You can create a calm and relaxing atmosphere also through interior design. In our blog post “What is silent noise?” I explain to you which furnishings can reduce external noise and create a peaceful ambience.

You can also use meditation, relaxation and mindfulness exercises to create inner peace and reduce stress. There are a lot of these mindfulness exercises for everyday life and in the long-term they can improve your quality of life significantly.

3. Mental health by exercise

Exercise and sports are closely related to mental health. Mental aspects such as improved body awareness, higher self-esteem and the reduction of anxiety and inner restlessness are enhanced by regular exercise. Even a short walk outside can help and allows us to gain some distance from everyday life. This physical activity also leads to stress reduction, improves our mood and returns us to mental balance.

Especially community sports like going for a run together can be incredibly relieving and motivating. I also recommend finding an exercise that you enjoy and then integrating it into your daily routine regularly. This way, the automated activity will cost you less effort and you will also improve your mental health and thus your quality of life.

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4. Social relationships

Social contacts have an enormous impact on well-being and the soul. Because they give us a feeling of security, understanding and support, they are particularly precious for psychological stability. Above all, real shared experiences such as going to the cinema or to a restaurant and real conversations away from social networks give us strength and boost our self-confidence. By talking to each other, you get the feeling that you are not alone with your own problems, can put your thoughts in order and reduce tension. In stressful situations, the support of family and friends can work wonders.

5. Positive thinking

Your mindset can also affect your mental health. According to brain research, negative thoughts and expectations can make you sick. When we think negatively, stress hormones such as cortisone and adrenaline are produced in the body. These cause anxiety, pain and other body reactions.

So it’s important to pay attention to your thoughts and always try to focus on the positive as much as possible. Positive perspective on situations can be trained. In our blog post “Positive Thinking – More Positivity in Everyday Life” I have summarized 5 tips and exercises for you, with which you can change your way of thinking step by step to the positive. Just give it a try.

Recognize warning signals

In the case of physical complaints, our body sends out clear alarm signals. However, with regard to mental health, there are also a variety of warning signals to which we need to pay attention. These include not only emotional reactions and behaviors, but also physical symptoms.

Examples of warning signals for mental health issues:
– sudden changes in emotional state and eating behavior
– Neglecting activities and people
– Desperateness
– Stagnant thoughts
– Sleep disturbances
– Fatigue that doesn’t ease with rest
– Loss of performance
– Breathlessness & heart palpitations
– Susceptibility to infections

If you notice such symptoms in yourself or in other people, asking for help is very important. As a first step, you can contact a trusted person with whom you can talk openly about your thoughts and feelings. One of the important places to go to is your family doctor. The doctor can determine the initial diagnosis and, if necessary, issue a referral to a psychiatrist or psychotherapist.

In any case, get help and don’t be ashamed of it. You don’t have to deal with this situation alone and you can find valuable advice and professional support everywhere. I have gathered for you some help centers and corresponding contact numbers for Germany and Europe.

With these 5 simple tips, you can already achieve a lot to cope better with occurring stressors in everyday life and to lower your personal stress level a little bit. Thus, your mental health will be well protected and further strengthened. Try them out and stay healthy!

Kind regards,

My Nordic Studio Blog by Laura