Most of us are so engrossed with losing weight and trying to be prettier than we already are, but only a few are interested to know about how to take care of our mental health.
We have been used to focusing on our physical health mainly because we think of mental health as only for someone who is mentally ill, but in reality our emotions and our mental state as a whole must be given priority, as our daily living mostly depends on our decision-making abilities and how we deal with stress and everyday challenges. Being mentally healthy doesn’t only mean that we are void of mental illnesses, but that we are confident in ourselves, we are capable of balancing work and play, and we are committed to fulfilling our short and long term goals. Here are some life-changing techniques that we must learn to boost and improve our mental health.
- Be socially active. Boosting one’s self-confidence and versatility would need you to have social connections inside and outside of your circle. This encourages you to improve your communication skills, sharpen your mind, and develop new relationships. You can start with meeting old friends for coffee or just for chats. Perhaps you can accompany a family member to a party and meet new acquaintances. Join clubs and small groups in your community and get the chance to know people with the same interests as you do. Learning new things from others gives you a fresh perspective on life, which helps in improving your mental health.
- Being physically active is vital to our mental health. When we are regularly active, there is also a regular flow of oxygen throughout our body, normalizing our circulation and the different systems of our body, including the brain. This provides us with the energy and a keen sense of awareness that we need to tackle our daily challenges. Additionally, when we exercise we also feel good about ourselves and this affects our mood substantially. It also reduces tension and anxiety levels and improves sleep.
Meditation is also one of the best ways to improve our state of mind. The practice requires focus, concentration, and positive thinking to be able to effectively get rid of the negative baggage that we are carrying inside of us.
- Watch what you eat. Eating healthy has been proven to affect one’s mood and mental state. Foods that are deep-fried and loaded with cholesterol and trans fat negatively affect mood and our attitude and perception towards others. Poor diet has been reportedly related to an increased prevalence of depression, and when people are depressed they eat the bad food that is high in sugar and fat content. This further builds up the depression, which may lead to eating problems and mental health illnesses such as schizophrenia.
- Look at the brighter side of things. Learning to be positive and finding ways to be happy is a sure-fire way to improve our mental health. It doesn’t necessarily mean that we don’t think of the problems that come along but that we just need to think of how to resolve them instead of moping around and crying over them. We must learn to face the good and the bad all the same – with a positive outlook and a healthy mind that can say, “I can beat this.”