Updated: May 17
Your mental health is as crucial as your physical health, and in today's complex, fast-paced world, it deserves equal attention. Imagine your nervous system as a supercomputer, constantly processing data and adjusting its operations based on the input it receives. The past year has underscored the importance of mental health as we've grappled with a whirlwind of distorted data, presenting us with unique challenges.
So, how can we restore balance and promote mental well-being amidst the chaos? We've curated several practical, implementable hacks to help you establish a centered approach to your mental health, starting today.
Hack #1: Prioritize Self-care
Self-care is an essential component of maintaining mental health. This begins with taking care of your physical body.
Adopt a Healthy Diet: What you consume directly influences how you think and feel. Aim for a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains, and limit your intake of processed foods and sugars.
Exercise Regularly: Regular physical activity can reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety and boost your mood. Even a short walk can make a difference.
Ensure Adequate Rest: Good sleep hygiene is critical for mental health. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night, and incorporate other restorative practices like floating, meditation, and massage into your routine.
Hack #2: Disconnect from Electronics and Social Media
In our connected world, it's easy to become overwhelmed by the constant influx of information. Consider implementing an electronics-free period into your day. By taking time to unplug, you'll have more opportunities for face-to-face interaction and reduce feelings of "FOMO" (fear of missing out) often induced by social media.
Hack #3: Engage in Meaningful Activities
Participating in activities that spark joy, challenge your creativity, and make you feel productive is a powerful way to boost your mental health. Whether it's painting, attending a fitness class, dining with friends, or caring for a pet, spending quality time on meaningful activities can enhance your sense of wellbeing.
Hack #4: Volunteer Your Time
Volunteering offers a unique sense of purpose and fulfillment. Whether it's at a local school, place of worship, nonprofit, or other charitable organizations, offering your skills and time can enrich your life and contribute to your happiness.
Hack #5: Practice Meditation and Mindfulness
Mindfulness and meditation exercises can significantly improve your mental outlook. Numerous studies indicate that consistent meditation practice can promote calmness and reduce stress. Floatation therapy provides an optimal environment for deep meditation, helping you cultivate a more peaceful mind.
Hack #6: Limit Substance Use
While some people turn to alcohol or other substances as a form of "self-medication," these substances can hinder your ability to function effectively and build resilience against life's challenges. Keeping alcohol use to a minimum and avoiding other drugs is essential for mental health.
Hack #7: Seek Professional Help When Needed
Recognizing when you need help and seeking it from a licensed mental health professional is a sign of strength, not weakness. If you're struggling, don't hesitate to reach out to a mental health professional for support.
Conclusion: Building and Maintaining Mental Health
Building and maintaining mental health requires consistent effort, just like physical health. Implementing these hacks into your routine can help you take control of your mental health, fostering resilience and improving your overall quality of life. Remember, everyone's mental health journey is unique, and what works for one person may not work for another. The key is to find what works for you and to remember that seeking help is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength and commitment to your personal well-being.
At Float Society we have many tools to assist you on your journey towards balance. We have built a community ready to help. If you need a hand or in a dark place or know someone struggling please share this list with them.
Please feel free to reach out to us if you ever need someone to talk to.
Much love & buoyancy
The Float Society