Having a self-care routine in place is critical for improving your mental health. Get a gym membership, take up swimming, or start running around your campus’ track. No matter what form you choose, exercise is critical for getting out of a mental health decline.
Exercise literally helps balance the hormones and neurotransmitters in your body, which directly impacts illnesses like depression. Cardio exercises and strength training both improve your blood flow, which is also great for brain health.
Don’t forget about diet. Just like your muscles, your brain needs the right foods to stay in good shape. Skip over the ice cream at the dining hall and ensure you’re getting a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Blueberries are full of brain-friendly antioxidants. Don’t forget to incorporate healthy fats like fish, eggs, seeds, and nuts, which directly impact your brain health.
Pair the right diet and exercise routine together and make some brain gains!
Don’t forget to treat yourself from time to time. Do you love getting a nice iced coffee from the cafe? Go ahead and grab one. You could also get a friend and see a movie. Just set aside any time you can for a little bit of leisure.
Self-care also includes making yourself feel good. Try some yoga, meditation, quiet time, or whatever helps you relax.