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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

11 Lifestyle Changes That will Boost your Mental Health

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Most people think that maintaining their physical health only leads to a better and healthy lifestyle. But that is not enough! Maintaining your mental health along with the physical health is much important. You need to take some positive steps in order to improve your lifestyle which will boost up your mental health as a result. Here are some of the changes that you need to make in your lifestyle if you want your mind to be in good health.
  1. Exercise should be your priority
Make a habit of exercising daily because it not only regulates your physical activity but also fights against depression and anxiety. Exercising regularly improves certain areas of the mind such as better academic performance as well as saves the person from the risks of memory loss. So, take steps towards ensuring that you will make exercise a habit. For example - setting up a gym in your garage or signing up at a nearby gym.
  1. Pay attention towards nutrition
You should take a rainbow diet every day. The reason why it is called a rainbow diet is because it contains vegetables and fruits of different colors and incorporates oily fish. Just watch out the calories and eat what you want. Remember what your granny said about fish being the brain food? Well, she was absolutely right!
  1. Let nature be your company
Having a long walk in the woods or lying beneath the trees impacts your physical and mental health in numerous ways. It is important to have a contact with nature, whether you go for a walk, listen to the birds singing, expose yourself to sunlight or just sit silently somewhere out there. Interacting with nature even for a while reduces stress and depression.
  1. Spend time with friends and family
Taking some time out for your friends and family from a busy routine is necessary to avoid getting mentally ill. If you tend to isolate yourself from the social circle, then there are high chances you will get depressed or develop anxiety. Therefore, spend time with your family and friends on daily basis to keep your relationships healthy and your mind relaxed.

  1. Take out time for recreation
If you spend most of your time either sitting in your workspace or lying down on the couch at home, you are going to regret it as you age. You need to move a muscle to stay healthy and active in the long run. Even if you go out for a little while but you do it consistently, it would have a great impact on your health. Try some outdoor activity that tends to engage your concentration and intellect.
  1. Moderation and stress management
There are plenty of relaxation techniques ranging from muscle relaxation to yoga and meditation that help you stay at peace with yourself. It is important to relax at times and embrace feelings like anger, depression, anxiety etc. If you feel depressed or stressed, instead of becoming a victim, you should definitely fight against it.
  1. Be open about mental health issues
What do you do if you catch a cold? You see a doctor, similarly, if you have a mental illness, you need an expert to diagnose and fix it for you. Don’t feel bad about yourself or confuse a disease with some personality trait. There is nothing wrong with getting yourself checked and treating yourself to overcome the issue. What’s actually wrong is not getting yourself treated and let your mind suffer only because you chose so.

  1. Care for others
Try to help other people more often. Offer your services and care to others so that you get that feeling of affection and closeness from others. This will help you step out of that circle of isolation created in your mind.
  1. Sleep properly
Getting a good sleep and waking up in the morning at an appropriate time helps your mind stay fresh and remain active for the whole day. Staying up late at night and sleeping through the day makes you feel lazy and your body muscles don’t get enough energy that they would probably get from a sound sleep.
  1. Avoid caffeine
Try to avoid caffeine. This doesn’t mean you quit coffee altogether, but try to cut it down to once a day, better yet once every three days. Don’t go hard on yourself by quitting cold turkey. Your mind will process it as a necessary activation trigger and then you won’t be able to go without it.
  1. Avoid unnecessary pills and anti-depressants
Anti-depressants never do any good to anyone, rather they are a drug for cases where there usage is inevitable. If you are too burdened at work or your relationship is going through a rough patch, don’t think of antidepressants as an answer. Try to practice other stress management techniques that will help you in a longer run.

As soon as you start practicing the above-mentioned things, your mental health will get better.

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