When it comes to health, most of us have a similar checklist of factors that contribute to our overall well being. This includes things like energy levels, blood pressure, etc. However, there’s one facet of health that has historically been, and continues to be, misunderstood, if not completely ignored. And, that factor is mental health. Mental health affects physical health and vice versa. It’s as simple as that. Therefore, if you suffer from a mental illness such as depression or anxiety, your physical health will suffer in tandem with your mental health. Since mental illness is so often misunderstood, many of us deal with it for years without even realizing, and even when we do, it can be hard to feel like it’s okay to seek help. Therefore, some advice on how to alleviate your symptoms on your own is always helpful.
First and foremost, with both depression and anxiety, reducing overall levels of stress in your life is a must. Mind you, you can’t rid your life of stress completely, because other humans exist, and they have autonomy, and we all have to work for a living, but you can stop hanging out with friends who like to cause drama, for example. Changes like these can feel daunting, but if your friend contributes to your mental illness and doesn’t add much value to your life, then they’re not much of a friend, are they?
Another way to cope with mental illnesses is to simply take some time alone to unwind. For example, a nice, hot bath does wonders for my anxiety when it flares up. Something about the warmth, and the healing essence thereof, the gentle undulations of the water’s surface, the shimmering of the light playing off of it, it’s all really nice. So, why not go out to Bed Bath & Beyond and grab some supplies to give yourself the best, most relaxing bath of your life? It can only help.