- September 29, 2018
- Posted by: Stephen Coleclough
- Category: Mental Health
Looking after your physical and mental health will help you enjoy a long and happy life.
However, while most people understand how to take care of their physical body, they often find looking after their mental health to be a bit trickier.
It’s not always clear which kinds of activities protect your mind against mental disorders.
This article will help by providing 5 tips to take care of your mental health.
Surround yourself with positive people
The people that you spend time with will influence how you perceive the world and what you think about yourself.
If they are constantly putting you down or talking about life in a negative way, it can eventually impact your mental health.
Consider distancing yourself the negative people in your life.
Instead, spend more time with individuals who have a positive attitude and are excited about life.
Their energy and passion for living will be a positive influence on your mental health.
If you don’t know any people with a positive attitude, expand your social circle.
There are many ways to do so, including joining a charity organisation, sporting club, or social club.
Choose a group to join based on the things you enjoy doing.
You will be amazed by how many wonderful people you can meet at a book club, garden club or other social group.
Exercising regularly doesn’t just keep your body healthy — it will also protects your mind.
Regular exercise will:
Release “feel good” chemicals into your body
Exercise releases neurotransmitters called endorphins into your body.
Endorphins are mild analgesics that reduce any feelings of pain you are experiencing.
They give your body a very positive and happy feeling after your exercises session.
Endorphins have been shown to reduce the risk of mental illnesses like depression.
Improving self esteem
Exercising regularly is one of the easiest ways to improve your self esteem.
Your body will quickly begin to feel stronger, you will be more physically capable, and you will look healthier.
This boost of self esteem can ward off dangerous mental health disorders like generalised anxiety and body dysmorphic disorder.
Eliminates negative repetitive thoughts
Mental health problems like anxiety can often be attributed to having repetitive negative thoughts.
Exercise can help you eliminate these thoughts.
As you are exercising, your mind will become focussed on how the body is feeling.
This acts as a circuit breaker for any repetitive thoughts that you often have.
It’s a great way to get outdoors
Exercise is a great way to spend more time outdoors.
This can reduce the risk of Vitamin D deficiency, which increases the risk of mental health disorders like depression.
Spending time outdoors is also very healthy for the brain and improves your overall mental health.
Improve your diet
Eating a diet that is focussed on fruit, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, lean protein, and legumes can protect your mental health.
These foods contain a wide range of nutrients that can protect your brain and reduce the risk of any disorders that are caused by nutritional deficiencies.
Enjoying a healthy diet will also help your body feel better and avoid health complaints that can trigger a mental disorder.
You should also avoid processed foods that are high in sugar or caffeine.
These foods can cause inflammation and oxidative stress within the body, which has been proven to increase the risk of mental health disorders.
Learn how to deal with stress
Stress occurs when a person encounters a perceived threat (real or imaginary, physical or mental) that they believe they cannot deal with.
It triggers the fight-or-flight response, causing the body to release high levels of stress hormones including adrenaline and cortisol.
These hormones prompt many changes in the body, including heightened awareness, higher levels of energy, and anxiety.
Having high levels of stress for long periods is not normal and will eventually take a toll on your body and your mind.
It can cause a variety of physical and mental health problems including obesity, heart disease, anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia.
There are many ways to deal with stress, including:
- Talking to other people about your problems
- Practicing mindfulness
- Practicing yoga, qigong, or tai chi
- Using breathing exercises
- Be present
- Tune into your body
- Listen to music
- Get a massage
Get help when you need it
It is normal to occasionally feel mentally exhausted, frustrated, anxious, or angry.
The key is to talk about these feelings with a compassionate loved one or a medical professional before they impact your everyday life.
Seeking help when you need it is not a sign of weakness — you are protecting your mental health and protecting your quality of life.
I hope you enjoyed reading 5 Tips To Take Care Of Your Mental Health.
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