So many people in their 20s are depressed or dealing with other sorts of mental illness. Now we can argue all day about the cause of all this but the reality is so many people don’t know how to take care of their mental health.
We are all so focused on physical health but forget that taking care of your mental state is also very important.
So how do you take care of your mental health as someone in your twenties?
How you can maintain your mental health in the 20s
1. Let all toxic relationships go
Not everyone we meet is good for us. Some people you have in your circle could just be holding you back and causing you nothing but stress and heartbreak.
Such toxic relationships will only serve to tire you out mentally so you need to be very careful you have around you.
You know that friend who is always making you feel inadequate whether it’s by the things they say to you or how they behave around you. You need to make sure you get rid of such people in your life or distance yourself if you cannot cut all ties
2. Treasure healthy relationships
The other side of the coin is that you need to ensure you are cultivating healthy relationships. This will make you happy which is great for your mental health.
These are the friends who are always pushing you to become better and are always supporting you. They are people who are not afraid to let you know when you are wrong that do so for your benefit and not to put you down.
3. Know what needs to be a priority in your life
How do you spend your free time? Do you spend it doing something you love, wanted to do or do you end up doing something your best friend or significant other wanted?
There is nothing wrong with doing things that make the people in your life happy but you shouldn’t do it at a cost of your own priorities.
You need to have a clear idea of what you need to do that you cannot compromise on that way you know what plans to say no to
For example, if you have an exam coming up that you know is important, you can easily turn down a night out with your friends to study for it.
This will ensure that you don’t end up failing because you couldn’t study because that then leads to stress.
4. Enjoy saying “no.”
Your time is very valuable, that means that you shouldn’t spend it doing something you don’t want to. Whether it’s a job offer that doesn’t align with your goals, nights out with friends because you want to binge watch your favorite show or whatever it is.
You need to learn that it is okay to say no, most of the time you would feel guilty telling your friends no but sometimes it’s necessary because this will ensure you don’t end up with too much on your plate.
5. Experience as much fun as you possibly can
You know that trip you are putting off because you are scared; go for it, doing things that relax you and make you happy is very important for your mental health.
This is also the time for you to make memories, you don’t want to look back to your twenties and regret not having enough fun.
The important thing to remember is not to do reckless things in the name of fun, it is okay to have fun but keep in mind that there is more to come.
6. Ask for help
There is nothing wrong with asking for help, it doesn’t mean that you are weak or have failed, every once in a while no matter where we are or what we are doing, we need help.
Most people in their twenties suffer silently which is why there is such a huge rise in cases of depression in young people and suicide cases.
Life will throw you challenges but you don’t have to handle them alone, remember to reach out to someone you trust and ask them to help you out. A problem shared is a problem halved.