5 key actions for good mental health

Mental health is the result of the interaction between subjective well-being, autonomy, competitiveness and emotional potential, among others, therefore, to take care of it we need to take actions that allow us to have adequate psychological capital that serves as a network security against the challenges of everyday life. There are many small actions you can take to keep your mind healthy:

Get enough sleep
Sleep is really important for our physical and mental health. Sleep helps the neurotransmitters in our brain that are responsible for regulating our mood and emotions. If we don’t get enough sleep, we can start to feel depressed or anxious.

Physical activity
Activity and exercise are essential to maintaining good mental health. Being active not only gives you a sense of accomplishment, but it also stimulates chemicals in the brain that help put you in a good mood. Exercise can help eliminate low mood, anxiety, stress, and feelings of tiredness and laziness. It is also related to living a longer life. You don’t need to run a marathon; a short walk or some other gentle activity like yoga or dancing may be enough to activate your body.

Take a sun bath
Sunlight is a great source of vitamin D, which is very important for brain and body function. Helps release mood-enhancing chemicals like endorphins and serotonin. Try to sunbathe for 10 minutes each day and remember to protect your eyes and face when doing so.

Regulate stress
Stress is inevitable, but we can all learn to manage it by identifying what triggers it and incorporating exercises to calm down into our daily lives.

Do something you enjoy
Schedule time to do the fun things you enjoy. Having a hobby such as reading, painting or watching a series increases the joy of living. Connect with others and be sociable.
Make an effort to maintain good relationships and talk to people whenever you get the chance. Having friends is important not only for self-esteem, but also for providing support when you’re not feeling too good. Research has found that talking to other people for just ten minutes can improve memory and test scores.
Whether you have a hard time going out and meeting people or not, you can take a look at our social activities pages or our event calendar for inspiration.

Ask for help
One of the most important ways to stay mentally healthy is to recognize when you are not feeling well and know when to ask for help. It is not embarrassing to ask someone for support if you feel depressed or stressed. Everyone goes through times when they don’t feel as good as they should. You can try talking to your friends or family, or if you think your mental health is altered, see a mental health professional.