October 14

Every aspect of your overall health deserves proper care and attention to keep yourself healthy — especially your mental health. Keeping your mind happy and healthy is as important as maintaining your physical health, especially because the two often go hand in hand.

Many people experience mental health issues and seek forms of treatment to help improve or ease their symptoms. While these more intense or elaborate issues can't be solely treated with lifestyle factors, they can certainly make a positive impact.

Learn about how your lifestyle impacts your mental health and how having a positive mindset can improve your overall health.

Benefits of a Positive Mindset for Your Health

One of the best ways you can manage your stress and other aspects of your mental health is by practicing a positive mindset. Researchers continue to find many benefits of positive thinking that impact your overall health. These advantages include:

  • Relieved stress: Those who have a positive mindset often have a better time managing their stress. While they can still experience stress or anxiety, a positive mindset helps ease stressful feelings.
  • Improved coping mechanisms: A positive mindset often includes better resilience towards tough situations, so you can learn to overcome issues that arise in your life.
  • Enhanced immunity: A positive mind may impact the efficiency of your immune system and help you fight off more diseases, potentially increasing your lifespan.
  • Lowered risk of diseases: Learning to think positively can help decrease your chances of developing heart disease and other chronic diseases.
  • Better lifestyle choices: Practicing positive thinking can help you make lifestyle choices that improve your overall health. From exercising regularly to maintaining healthy relationships, a positive mind is a powerful tool in your life.

9 Lifestyle Factors That Impact Your Mental Health

In general, your mental health impacts how you express your emotions, adapt to change and handle stressful situations. Finding new methods to better your mental health can make significant changes in your daily routine. Check out these nine lifestyle factors that can affect your mental health and overall well-being.

1. Exercise

Including regular exercise in your life can make a positive impact on all aspects of your health. While exercise is beneficial for weight loss, muscle growth and improving other aspects of physical fitness, many people appreciate the positive feelings that come with completing workouts. Adding the 150 minutes of recommended exercise every week to your schedule can help improve your mental health in various ways, including:

  • Giving you more energy throughout the day
  • Boosting your mood
  • Helping alleviate symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress and other mental health problems

2. Sleep

The average adult should have seven or more hours of sleep a day to lead a healthy lifestyle. Maintaining a regular sleep schedule is beneficial for your mental health because you'll feel more awake during the day and have a solid routine you can rely on. Those who don't sleep consistently each night can experience issues with stress, alertness and more, so it's important to know the link between sleep and mental health.

3. Nutrition

Nourishing your body with foods that have vitamins, minerals and other impactful ingredients can be the fuel your mind and body need to feel great. Choosing foods with low nutritional value can make you feel drained or weak. It's important to enjoy fun foods in moderation and focus on fueling your body with healthier food options the rest of the time.

4. Social Life

The people in your inner circle make an impact on your mental health. Creating healthy friendships can make your life brighter, giving you people to share your experiences with throughout life. Furthermore, taking part in community events like recreational sports, religious services and clubs can help make you feel more connected to people. A positive social life can do wonders for your well-being.

5. Romantic Relationships

Finding a healthy romantic relationship can factor into your mental health. While it's not the answer to solving mental health problems, it's beneficial to surround yourself with quality and meaningful relationships. Finding a person you can trust and who respects you can make a positive impact on your well-being.

6. Physical Health

Taking care of your physical health can positively impact your mental health.

When your physical health is causing issues, it can take a toll on your mental health. Those who experience physical health problems like chronic pain, temporary illnesses or certain minor health problems may experience challenges when handling stress, anxiety and depression. Ultimately, taking care of your physical health can positively impact your mental health.

7. Poor Habits

Refraining from poor habits like smoking, drinking or using substances can improve your overall well-being, including your mental health. These habits can cause harm to your body and cause long-term problems with your physical health. Choosing healthier habits and other activities can help improve your physical and mental health.

8. Work Environment

Working a full-time job means you're spending a significant part of your week at work. Having a positive and enjoyable work environment can help improve your mental health. If you're considering whether you're in a healthy work environment, consider asking yourself:

  • Do you feel valued for your job?
  • Is your workload something you can handle?
  • Do you have positive connections at work?

9. Meditation and Relaxation

Including meditation and other relaxing techniques in your lifestyle can help make improvements to your mental health. Taking time out of your day to practice calming techniques, such as deep breathing exercises and focusing on mindfulness, can help your handle stress or take time for yourself on a busy day.

Include Exercise in Your Lifestyle With Zumba®

The lifestyle choices you make can all have an impact on your mental health. While these factors aren't a definitive cure to mental health problems, they all make a difference in the type of life you live and the quality of your well-being.

If you want to make improvements in your daily activities and surround yourself with an inspirational group of people, try including Zumba® in your lifestyle. Zumba® is a fun and energetic dance fitness class that will get your heart rate up and connect you with other individuals in your community.

To get started, find an in person Zumba® class to join or find an online class that you can enjoy from home.