This month we are focusing on coping mechanisms that we can/should employ to maximise our mental health!

Whether you’re feeling a bit down or on top of the world, creating healthy habits can have a big impact on not only your mental health, but your physical health and overall well-being.

This information is based on strong evidence recently published by highly regarded Pain Scientists and Physicians.

3 Simple things you can do to promote your mental health are:
  1. PROMOTE SLEEP
  2. PROMOTE FUNCTIONAL MIDFULNESS
  3. PROMOTE RELAXATION
PROMOTE SLEEP:

Sleep is vital, we can last longer without food and water then we can without sleep!

  • The bedroom is for sleep and sex ONLY! Avoid other activities such as screen time.
  • Try to keep a regular bedtime routine, regular bedtime and wake up time.
  • Sleep when your tired, if you can’t sleep, do something boring then try again.
  • Keep a pen and paper beside your bed. Instead of overthinking about over all the things you need to do, write them down instead, so you can rest easy knowing you will action it the next day.
PROMOTE FUNCTIONAL MINDFULNESS:

What is mindfulness? It’s simply trying to increase your attention with an open curiosity.

  • This can be through structured mediums such as yoga or meditation sessions, or through Apps such a “Smiling minds” or “calm”.
  • If that’s not your thing, try practicing functional mindfulness during activities you value such as spending time with loved ones or eating your favourite foods.
PROMOTE RELAXATION:

Try to make time to do things you enjoy

  • Such as reading, painting, taking a short walk outside.
  • Alternatively, there are plenty of great Apps such as “Smiling Mind” and “Calm” that use techniques such as imagery and breathing techniques to help promote relaxation.

 

Your mental health is of utmost importance to us at MD Health. Please feel free to reach out to our staff at any time if you would like to know more. We would be more than happy to discuss your position and help engage some strategies to maximise your mental health!

Want to know more?

If you would like more information or have any questions on mental health coping mechanisms comment below! Or if you’re a new client and would like to book for a FREE full body assessment with one of our Physiotherapists or Exercise Physiologists, call us on 9857 0644 or email us at admin@mdhealth.com.au

Author: Zoe Spriggs

Prior to MD Health Zoe worked alongside the Senior Sports Physiotherapists at Torquay Football Club. She also worked for Barwon Health as a Physiotherapy Assistant across the orthopedic, neurological and cardiorespiratory settings and has completed overseas physiotherapy placements in both India and Italy. Zoe’s professional focus is on unfolding client’s specific goals and tailoring their rehabilitation accordingly, especially when dealing with chronic pain. Away from work, she enjoys volunteering locally and overseas, as well as Surfing and Surf Lifesaving in which she competes at a National Level.

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