BOOSTING YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

by John Esposito
Your mental health influences how you think, feel and behave daily. It affects your ability to cope with stress, overcome challenges, build relationships, and recover from life setbacks and hardship. Hence, it must be treated with the utmost importance. Anyone can suffer from mental or emotional health problems and once you realize this as we don’t have control over what happens to us. However, when this happens, the next thing point of call is facing these problems head-on.  Contained herein this article is tips on how you can boost your mental health. We hope you find them worthwhile.  

Take a break

  You can take a break from people or things that bore you. It disconnects you temporarily from those things that stress you emotionally and mentally. If you have to go on a vacation, or change your location, just give yourself some alone time when necessary. You deserve it.  Also, a break can help you to refocus on your life. Taking a moment to recharge alone gives you time to reflect on yourself and understand why you are feeling the way you are. This short pause can help reboot your brain to be more tuned in.  

Reassert your purpose

  The importance of purpose cannot be overemphasized. It’s what you live, move and breathe for. It’s the totality of your existence and the reason for your being. Hence, at troubling times, go back to the drawing board, read out loud your goals and the purpose of your essence and existence. This goes a long way in stimulating you to continue and never give up.  

Eat well

  To boost your mental health, you need a good and balanced diet. An unhealthy diet can take a toll on your brain and mood, disturb your sleep, and weaken your immune system. Like an internal combustion engine, your brain functions best when it gets only premium fuel. Quality food that contains lots of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants nourishes the brain and protects it from oxidation stress.   Unfortunately, just like an internal combustion engine, your brain can be damaged if you ingest anything other than premium fuel. Diets high in refined sugars for example are harmful to the brain. In addition to worsening your body regulation of insulin, they also promote inflammation and oxidative stress.  

Sleep when you are supposed to

  When it comes to your mental health, getting enough sleep is a necessity, not a luxury. Skipping sleep takes a toll on your mental health. Aim for at least 8 hours of good sleep. While sleeping, relax your brain from unnecessary thoughts. Know that common mental health problems like anxiety and depression can often underpin sleep problems. And when you seem to be expressing any of this, you should seek professional help.  

Exercise well

  Exercise can go a long way in boosting your mental health. Regular physical exercise can boost your immune system and also your self-esteem. Exercise is a scientifically proven mood booster, physical activities kick up endorphin levels, forces the body’s central and sympathetic nervous system to communicate with one another, improving the body’s overall ability to respond to stress. Also, exercise boosts brainpower in numerous ways, studies on rats and some mammals indicates that cardiovascular exercise creates new brain cell by a process called neurogenesis. Studies also prove that physical activity boosts creativity and mental energy.  

Set challenging goals

  Another way you can boost your mental health is to set challenging goals but that which you have the potential to achieve. This will help you to think thoroughly. By so doing, you exercise your brain cells to reason better. Read enough books to challenge you positively. This drive will also help stimulate your mental health  

Speak  out

  Sharing information has a way of improving one’s morale. When you feel you have something valuable to share and you also listen to constructive conversations too, it helps in stimulating your mental health somehow. Also, having someone to talk to, who is there specifically to listen to you talk about your feelings, is invaluable too.  

Seek professional help

  Most people who seek help feel better, for example, 80 percent of people treated for depression improve. Also, the treatment of panic disorder has an up to 90 percent success rate. Treatment for mental health issues can include medication and psychotherapy, in some cases, the two work well together.

Play games too

  If you are feeling distraught or scatterbrained, spend your break engaging in mind boosting activities like puzzles or games that require solving problems to increase mental sharpness.  

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