How To Build Your Mental Health-
It is important to take care of your mental health from childhood through adulthood in order to avoid depression, anxiety, excessive stress, and addiction, conditions that can impact anybody. Having a peaceful mind should always be an important goal throughout life.
Here are 7 ways to build yourself mentally healthy
1. Building Relationships and socialize with people
Connect with friends and family. These are the people who love and care about you and will be the most honest.
Note: It is important to balance your life between work, fun, and family.
Talking with people you love and trust is a good way to relieve stress, think positive, and take your mind off of work and other pressing issues.
Regardless of how busy your weekly schedule is, take one day of the week to dedicate to friends and family. Your body and mind will appreciate it.
Family and friends also provide companionship, camaraderie, and happier encounters that reduce feelings of loneliness and stress.
Socialize with people who share similar interests, cultivate friendships with intelligent, educated, and experienced people.
Biologically, the side effect of making social connections through volunteering is the release of the hormone oxytocin, which is associated relaxation, trust, and psychological stability.
2. Enjoying Life
Make time throughout the week to engage in activities you enjoy doing. Make it a point to relax and have fun without much stress.
As a positive break from work, hobbies offer new challenges for your brain and an outlet for stress. Focusing on activities different from work gives your mind new tasks to focus on.
The intensity of participating in something you enjoy makes time fly by. This is time you are not dwelling on the past or worrying about the future.
Engaging in activities that you love have proven to lower blood pressure, cortisol, obesity, and body mass index while, at the same time, increasing levels of positive psychosocial states. This proves that hobbies are good for mind, body, and soul.
3. Exercise regularly
Exercise is good for your body, but it is also good for your mental health. Many studies link increased self-esteem, concentration, and physical appearance with exercising. Exercising also improves sleep, energy levels, and social engagement while decreasing tension, stress, and mental fatigue.
Moderate exercise – breathing heavier than normal or just breaking a sweat – for thirty minutes five times a week is recommended by most physicians.
Choose activities that fit into your daily schedule, times that work for you, and make it a lifestyle commitment.
If you need a partner to keep you motivated, ask a colleague, friend, or family member to join you.
4. Eat Healthy.
Eating healthy is essential for strong mental health. Not doing so will only encourage a range of possible mental health illnesses. Recent studies show that the types of food you eat will determine whether you are more prone to mental health problems or not. In short, eat a balanced diet that emphasizes lots of fruits and vegetables.
Try to eat three healthy meals every day to control your blood sugar levels. Missing meals, especially breakfast, will cause you to be hungrier, irritable, and fatigued throughout the day. Eat a healthy snack to make up for it if you have to.
Concentrate on reducing refined foods such as sugar and increasing whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Sugar will give you a surge of energy but ultimately will leave you tired and irritable while the sugar in fruits is absorbed slower and keeps your mood balanced.
5. Practice good sleeping habits.
Sleeping for eight hours a day will restore your mind and body while preparing you for the next day. Without adequate sleep, your mental health will suffer, your concentration will be short, and you will be easily agitated.
Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. Good habits will result in better sleeping patterns since your body will become used to the routine.
If you do not get enough sleep, then find five or ten minutes to relax your brain by letting your mind wander, daydream, or meditate during the day.
6. Seek professional help.
Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is a psychotherapy that focuses on problem-solving and initiating behavioral change for many different types of mental disorders. Cognitive therapy is instrumental in teaching new skills that will alter thinking and behavior for a lifetime.
CBT centers on dealing with situation thought more than on emotions.
Therapy is open for everybody not just those with a mental disorder. In fact, at any point you would like to make a change in your life at work, home, family and friends, personal relationships or colleagues, therapy is a safe route to take.
Cognitive therapy is also useful if you want to improve your intellect, cultural interests, learn new skills, or simply improve the overall quality of your life.
7. Deal with stress.
Stress is a part of live and is unavoidable, however, understanding what triggers your stress is important in dealing with it while keeping your mental strength intact.
A balanced lifestyle is the most immediate way of handling stress, but if you find stress debilitating then you might have to go a step further and reduce stress by trying yoga or breathing exercises.
Perform yoga as a way to help you experience your true nature thoughts, feelings, and emotions as a way to help you interact with the stressful environment.