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Michelle De Sousa

 Tags: Mental Health

Think about yourself, your boss, your partner, your brother/sister, and your best friend all in one single room. Although you might not know it, one of these people is likely to have suffered from a mental illness at some point in their life. One in every five Canadians experiences mental health related issues every single year—that’s a lot of Canadians: 7.17 million people to be exact.

 

The importance of maintaining your overall wellbeing has never been so essential. There is nothing more important than prioritizing your mental and physical health. There are many ways you can stay protected, here are the top five ways to maintain your physical and mental health.

1. Get Enough Sleep

Finding the perfect balance between under-sleeping and over-sleeping can greatly benefit your health. It is recommended that the average adult receive seven to nine hours of sleep.

 

Not sleeping enough or too much can make you more susceptible to a variety of serious health issues. This includes, but is not limited to: heart-related issues, high blood pressure, diabetes and more. Similarly, oversleeping can also be linked to depression and cognitive impairment.

 

It is therefore essential to maintain mental and physical health by getting the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep every night.

2. Exercise

The most obvious benefit of exercise is that it keeps your body strong and healthy. Your muscles will be more developed due to a regimented exercise routine, but it can also help to improve your mental health, too.

 

When you exercise, your body releases endorphins that cause a chemical reaction in your brain that reduces your perception of pain.

 

You can also benefit mentally from exercising, as your self-esteem will skyrocket. When you look good, you feel good. Exercise can also help with focus, sleep, regulating your diet, and many other functions that you might take for granted.

3. Eat Right

A balanced diet is a great way to maintain your mental and physical health. It’s important to get your recommended five to nine daily servings of fruits and vegetables. To maintain good physical health, you’ll also want to ensure a high-protein diet, avoiding saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, sodium and added sugars.

 

While eating for your best physical health, you’ll also want to keep in mind healthy foods that are good for your brain too. A healthy you is a happy you!

4. Avoid Stress

While avoiding stress may be easier said than done, it’s an important factor in maintaining your mental and physical health. Stress negatively impacts virtually every part of your body. From your cardiovascular system to your nervous system, a high amount of stress can be detrimental to your health.

 

The best means to avoid stress is to remove yourself from stressful situations. If you’re unable to do this, try practicing these exercises for stress reduction. You can do these exercises anytime, anywhere.

5. Seek Help When You Need It

It’s important to always put your mental and physical health first. If you start to feel your mental health deteriorating, it’s imperative that you speak to a health professional immediately. There’s no shame talking to a doctor or a psychiatrist if you feel you need the support. Sometimes just being able to talk through your emotions and feelings can improve your mental wellbeing significantly.

 

The work that is currently being done to end the stigma surrounding mental illness has made a world of difference for those seeking medical attention.

 

The best way to ensure you can seek help when you need it is being covered properly by a health insurance provider. Health benefits guarantee that if you need to see a professional regarding your mental health, this won’t be a large out-of-pocket expense.

 

Michelle De Sousa

Michelle is the Client Solutions Manager at HMA Benefits. She has 19 years of experience within the insurance industry, and has worked in claims management and client service. Her work has helped her hone an amazing attention to detail, which she uses to experiment with recipes and cooking styles in her free time.
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