Tips to Take Care of Your Mental Health
Maintaining your senses in this crazy, chaotic, fast-paced and competitive world is slowly becoming impossible. Stress, pressure, and loneliness are just a few of the factors that test how long before you finally lose control… finally lose it – your sanity. Before you go in a down spiral, here are some basic tips on how to preserve the integrity of your consciousness and awareness despite all life's mayhem.
1. Keep a Positive Attitude and Believe in Yourself
Someone once said, “The facts before us are not important. What is important is our attitude towards these facts.” These remarkable words basically tell you how insignificant difficulties are to a man who knows how to handle them. Looking at your troubles at a positive and unbeaten light becomes the ultimate answer and preserver of your sanity. Practice an unfailing positive attitude. Believe in your capacity to pull through the hard times.
Your perpetual desire to be more than perfect can be the reason for your mental breakdown. The obsession to be the best among the rest can make you vulnerable to failure and illness. To suppress this, adjust your outlook in life. Be more realistic. You'll enjoy success even more, as well as become more accepting of failures or defeat. Realistic expectations in your professional and personal life will immediately reduce the stress you experience.
3. Get Enough Rest and Sleep
A tired mind and body can only be cured with adequate rest and sleep. Taking a 15-minute nap at work or getting 6 to 8 hours of sleep at night retunes and refreshes your brain. The brain needs time to process all the things that happened during the day, compress these data, and clear some space for the next day’s processes. With a clearer mind, you will be able to perform with increased efficacy all which that demands your time and attention.
4. Talk about Your Feelings to Others
Assertively communicating your fears to others is a good way to relieve yourself of stress. The act of sharing your woes lightens the load as two people now carry the burden. A friend, a family member or a lover can be that person whom you can open up to.
5. Exercise Regularly
The body is not the only beneficiary of regular physical exercise. The mind, too, benefits from this physical emersions and exertions. Walking, biking, running and swimming are some physical activities that help increase the production of chemicals that calm the mind. Serotonin and dopamine regulate emotional responses. Gamma aminobutyric acid inhibits over excitability of other neurotransmitters. Endorphins regulate pain and increases feelings of happiness and well-being.
6. Eat Well-Balanced Meals
You're more able to adapt to external changes and overcome vulnerabilities when you're fit and healthy. Good nutrition helps boost the immune system and fights the threats of stress and anxiety. A meal that includes a cup of rice, a slice of fish meat, a portion of fresh fruits and vegetables, and a glass of skim milk or yogurt keeps infirmities at bay.
7. Learn to Relax
Your aches and pains are often ill-fruits of overwhelming stress. If you've been constantly feeling worn out or that you're about to collapse, this is your body’s warning signal to slow down and to take it easy. So do what your body yearns for you to do. This is a simple and effective anxiety cure. Relax. Find your center. Reassess your life's worth and source of happiness. Do not worry too much. Live in the moment.
8. Limit Intake of Caffeine and Alcohol
If you're constantly dealing with demanding and strenuous activities, it would be better to avoid or limit your coffee and/or alcohol intake. Coffee contains chemicals that stimulate the mind and body to be in alert-mode. This rush of adrenaline in your veins pumps your body into a fight response that wears out your nerves. Alcohol, on the other hand, further depresses your ability to resolve stress.
9. Find a Personally Meaningful Activity
Just like your body, your mind works like a muscle that when left without stimulating work degenerates. The mind needs to be used to keep it sharp and ready. Engaging in a stimulating and personally meaningful activity strengthens your mental faculties, providing a healthier and more rational psychological functioning.
10. Learn Stress Management Techniques
Guided imagery, yoga and meditation help de-stress the mind. They are forms of exercises you can include in your daily routine to brace and fortify your cognitive and mental functioning.
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Written by: Healthplus24 team
Date last updated: March 19, 2013