World mental health day
Today is World Mental Health Day, and although mental health issues can affect anybody throughout the year, October 10th is a great day to show your support for better mental health for all, as well as taking time out to ensure your own mental wellbeing.
Mental health goes hand-in-hand with physical health. Taking care of your body with regular exercise, a balanced diet and of course a great sleep routine, will in turn help to take care of your mental health. Though, as we all know, this can be tough. When we let the world get on top of us, mental wellbeing can slip and can lead to several physical issues, including our quality of sleep.
There are a number of ways a mental health problem can affect your sleep. Anxiety and paranoia can lead to an overactive mind, with thoughts keeping you awake into the early hours. Depression can cause oversleeping, either late in the morning or throughout the day, whilst post-traumatic-stress disorder (PTSD) can cause nightmares and night terrors, which can easily lead to an anxiety about falling asleep.
We’ve looked at some of the best ways for you to relax before bed and refresh your mind as well as refreshing your body:
Prepare a relaxation routine
Preparing your mind and body before bed can include listening to relaxing music or having a bath (or both). Meditation is also a great way to calm your mind and body to enter a relaxing space. We recommend ‘Headspace’ for anyone looking to start out in this area, with easily digestible videos and a fantastic introduction series.
Try to rationalise and resolve your worries
Mentally identifying that which is causing you specific stress can help you to rationalise your worries. Try talking to a friend about your thoughts and feelings that are affecting your sleep, or writing them down.
Put down the tech
The blue light that emits from your phone or laptop can have a negative effect on your sleep, tricking your melatonin in believing that it’s still daytime. Giving yourself some tech-free time before bed can help you drift off far easier and awake with a renewed energy.
Regular physical activity can help you sleep, making you more physically tired, especially if you exercise outdoors. The exercise itself doesn’t have to be particularly strenuous. Doing housework, gardening or going for a walk all helps to help you get a better rest at night.
Keep a sleep diary
Trying to figure out the specifics of what’s affecting your sleep can be hard. By keeping a sleep diary, you can record your habits and worries, helping you to understand your sleep problems and what’s affecting them.
A great night’s sleep is crucial to helping you maintain and champion mind body and soul. We at nanu are sleep experts, producing quality products made and tailored specifically to you, from perfect pillows sculpted to your sleep to our hot¬ duvet facilitating two sleep environments under one perfect duvet.
Our contextual information has been provided by Mind.com – A fantastic charity providing advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.