In so many cases, we think only of our physical health when it comes to our health. But our mental health is every bit as important.

Millions of Americans experience some type of mental health condition, making it an important facet of our health to pay close attention to. Our team at AFC Urgent Care Hixson wants to shed some light on the topic.

Why Is Mental Health Important?

Our mental health includes a number of aspects, such as emotional, psychological and social well-being. It is important at every stage of our life, as it includes how we think and feel—especially about ourselves.

In addition, our mental health plays a role in how well we are able to handle stress, which is important in lowering our risk of a number of health conditions. Therefore, it is important to know what steps you can take to improve your mental health and protect it.

Effects of Poor Mental Health

  • Sadness
  • Confused thinking
  • Excessive fears or worries
  • Extreme feelings of guilt
  • Extreme mood changes of highs and lows
  • Withdrawal from friends and activities
  • Problems sleeping

Can Practicing Self-Care Help Protect My Mental Health?

In short, yes. “Self-care” isn’t very well understood—it isn’t just about getting manicures or having spa days. It’s about simply doing things that take care of your mind and body. It isn’t selfish; it is essential.

Carve out regular time to take care of yourself. This may include everything from taking a bubble bath to scheduling an overdue medical appointment—and lots of things in between.

Other Ways to Improve Your Mental Health

  • Maintain healthy, thriving relationships.
  • Challenge yourself regularly.
  • Practice gratitude.
  • Check in with yourself.
  • Learn about mindfulness meditation.
  • Prioritize your sleep.

Not feeling like yourself? Visit AFC Urgent Care Hixson today for a medical evaluation and treatment plan. No appointment is needed.