Best Mental Health Tips and Practices in Singapore
Singaporeans are known to be hardworking people to the point of becoming workaholics. That’s why in our previous post on why Singapore has unhappy people, we underlined the importance of having good mental hygiene over financial success.
Thankfully, there are plenty of tips and practices that Singaporeans can do to take care of their mental health.
As a note of caution, the suggestions and advice in this post aren’t meant to replace those by professional psychiatrists in Singapore. Please consult one in case you’re severely depressed or having suicidal thoughts.
What are some ways to improve mental health among Singaporeans?
- Connect regularly with people close to you.
- Get at least seven hours of uninterrupted sleep.
- Find a physical activity you enjoy doing.
- Cultivate a hobby or skill for fun.
First, you’d want to know if you’re merely stressed or already have a full-blown anxiety disorder.
The difference between the two can be as trivial as having stress wrinkles or as serious as getting proper anti-anxiety medication and treatment.
That’s not to say stress isn’t a cause of depression, anger, or other mental health issues. If left unchecked, it can even lead to physical illnesses.
In the following sections, let’s take a closer look at some simple activities that can help improve mental health.
Take time to connect with others
The pandemic lockdowns have caused a lot of people to go through cabin fever and an overall feeling of isolation. But with things easing up and life going back to normal, there’s no reason to feel lonely or be by yourself anymore.
You won’t have to do anything drastic like signing up for a coliving situation. Just setting a date to meet with a close friend at the park can already improve your mood.
Or if you find that your freelance work-from-home routine is getting dull, why not try a coworking space? You’re bound to meet and mingle with friendly people who might even give you valuable career leads.
Get enough sleep at night
Getting sufficient sleep is a must to keep depression and anxiety at bay. We’re talking about at least seven hours of uninterrupted sleep, not the kind that’s broken up into snoozes by distractions and activities.
By getting better sleep, your mind is more alert, mindful, and ready to tackle the day’s tasks. The lack of sleep can also affect your memory and make you prone to making more mistakes in the process.
You can start by getting the right sleep accessories to ensure a full night’s comfortable rest. For instance, your mattress should have the right firmness and not be lumpy or have spots that sag.
Practice physical fitness
Being physically active won’t just keep you looking toned and fit. It can also reduce stress and help you become more mentally alert.
So start a physical regimen you can commit to and become part of your daily life. It doesn’t need to come with an expensive gym membership with a personal trainer, either.
Instead, go for a physical activity you truly enjoy doing, like biking or enrolling in a yoga class. You can also join certain classes to feel a sense of camaraderie while working towards your fitness goals.
Try a new hobby or pastime
If you’re feeling stuck, a new hobby or pastime is the best way to feel unstuck. It’s really as simple as that.
Learning new skills might seem daunting especially when it’s outside the scope of work or school. But it’s a great way to boost your self-esteem and confidence while giving you a renewed sense of purpose.
So get into that activity you’ve always wanted to try but haven’t. Sign up for art jamming or dance classes, and learn something new while keeping your brain occupied and refreshed.