Friday, October 10, 2014

In Honor Of World Mental Health Day

mental health:
n
   1.  Mental health encompasses all the psychological aspects of your wellbeing, including your ability to manage your feelings and deal with difficulties, the quality of your relationships, and the way you feel about yourself.
   2.  The way you think and feel and your ability to deal with ups and downs.

In an ideal world everyone would be in total control of his or her emotions. But guess what? We don’t live in a perfect world and people let their emotions get the best of them sometimes. This definitely isn’t a bad thing! Anyone can make simple changes that have a huge impact on their mental health and wellbeing. Below are a few cool tips to ensuring mental health!
1.)   Talk about your feeling
Sounds corny, but talking about your feelings or where your mind is at can help you stay in good mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled. It’s part of taking charge of your wellbeing and doing what you can to stay healthy.

2.)   Keep active
Being active benefits you not just physically, but also mentally. Experts believe exercise releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good. Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem and help you concentrate, sleep, look and feel better.

3.)   Drink sensibly
You all know the phrase, “everything in moderation.” Drinking every now and then is ok however the effects of alcohol take a negative toll not only on our body’s but our mind’s as well.

4.)   Ask for help
You’re not superman! Sometimes when going through something tough in life we need to seek for help, whether that be a friend, family member, or professional. Mental health issues can affect anyone, there’s no shame!

5.)   Sleep well
Just like your body’s need time to rest our mind’s do as well! How we feel during the time we are awake depends a lot on the quality of sleep you got the night before. Seven to eight hours of sleep is optimum. 

6.)   Eat healthy
Eating a balanced diet has a direct effect on how you feel physically and mentally. I don’t know about you but after eating unhealthy for a few days in a row my mind suffers as much as my body does. I’m not saying to cut out all bad food, just remember like we said before “everything in moderation!”

7.)   Meditate Often
Meditation doesn’t have to mean sitting on the floor for hours like a Buddha. For a few minutes a day take a look inside your mind. Think about the present moment, your place in it, and where you’d like to be. Think about the negatives in your life, then focus on ways you yourself can change those negatives into a positive.

8.)   Try new things
Do things you love! But don’t be afraid to step into new waters! A new hobby can add positive substance to your life.

9.)   Take a break
We live in such a fast paced world that sometimes it’s looked down upon to step back and relax. But it’s not possible for our mind’s to be running 24/7. Sometimes the best thing you can do to improve performance at school, work, or even life is to give yourself that much needed break!

10.)         Be proud of who you are

Nobody’s perfect! And just because you think someone’s life is so easy it doesn’t mean a thing! Everyone has their issues whether you know about them or not. We all have negatives but we also have positives, it takes both the good and the bad to make a person whole.

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-Erica M

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