Mental health consists of our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It influences how we think, feel, and act. It also enables decide how we deal with stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices. Mental health is essential at each stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Have an active lifestyle
Being physically active does not only improve physical strength and durability, but also it is evidence that shows you have healthy mental well-being such as:
Increases our confidence or self-esteem.
Assist you to have or set a goal, it challenges you to achieve them.
Being active causes chemical changes in your brain which positively changes your mood.
Here are some tips on how to be active
Look for free activities to help you physically fit, like jugging or a long walk.
If you have a bad health condition or a disability, look for a specified activity for people with disabilities.
Be with activity groups like basketball, swimming, cycling or dancing club.
Do not force yourself to do things that you don't like for the sake of being physically healthy. Find activities that catch your interest or something that makes you enjoy.
Have a fellowship
Be with people who will assist you build your sense of belongingness and self-worth.
Be open and allow yourself to share your positive experiences.
Help others and provide emotional support to people who need it.
There are many ways and things that could assist you to have or build stronger and better relationships just like:
Give your family time, and make yourself available each day to spend with your loved ones. For example, by arranging a family dinner, family outing, or just a simple get-together.
Meet with your friends once in a while or even catch up with friends who haven't seen you for a long time.
Turning off anything that would get your attention while spending quality time such as switching off the TV and cell phone.
Have lunch with colleagues or coworkers to build a relationship with them.
And if you know or notice a friend or family member that needs support, visit them.
Be part of a community service group, or volunteer a school or hospital support.
If can't be with them in person at the moment make the most of technology to stay in touch with family and friends. Just like a video-chat such as Messenger, Skype, and Facetime are useful and effective especially when you are living far apart.
Technology is good improper usage of social media also restrains us from building a relationship in person. It will eventually build a habit of only texting, messaging, or emailing people instead of meeting them personally.
Research shows that the act of sharing and giving kindness can help improve your mental health or mental well-being:
Build a positive and satisfying feeling by sharing what you have.
Sharing will give you a feeling of self-worth and purpose.
Helping others is an open door or opportunity to connect with others.
Here are some examples that you could try:
Being grateful let people feel appreciated by saying thank you for something they have done for you.
Be compassionate by listening actively and answering family, friends, or coworkers about their problems.
Spending time with friends and family so that you would know if some of them need some support.
Learn and discover new skills
Studying, learning, or discovering a new skill is a sign that your mental well-being is improving or healthy.
Learning a new skill will boost your self-confidence and self-esteem
It will help you know and build sense of purpose.
There are a lot of ways to learn new things, even if you think that you don't have enough time for them.
Try including these things:
Study and learn to cook and do a new recipe, Then discover healthy food. See you hit two birds with one stone.
Be an apprentice of something you love, take responsibility at work, school, or just a sports club.
Work on something like DIY, such as gardening, fixing a broken mug, or assembling a bike. There are lots of tutorial videos to start learning.
Read a new book, go to school, learn a new language, or do practical skills like gardening and plumbing.
Do something that challenges you. Like a new hubby, writing a blog or article, joining and taking up a new sport.
Don't do something which you find not interesting at all, learning should be fun and exciting. It is best to know what you love and learn what is related to what you love.
Focus and pay more attention to your current situation, it will improve your mental health and wellbeing if you can just think of the present. This includes how you think, how you feel, your reactions, your body, and the world around you.
Being mindful will eventually improve your mental health by positively changing the way you feel about life and how you face the trials and challenges of life.
Have a massage
Did you know that aside from physical benefits, massage therapy also provides numerous mental and emotional benefits? If you could take one step to reduce anxiety, enhance your mood, and feel true, and deeply relaxed, would you take it?
We all face stress daily. Stress can have a huge impact on both aspects of our well-being, and there is no lack of finding areas that cause stress in our normal daily lives; the workplace, relationships, financial stress, and the list goes on. Massage therapy creates a sense of mental and physical relaxation and is an effective method of dealing with psychological issues such as depression, ADHD, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Massage relieves depression and anxiety. Almost everyone has felt depressed at one time or another to a different degree. The time you take to get a massage is time dedicated to yourself. Massage therapy affects depression by reducing stress and adding relaxation. This relaxation response can control and even prevent anxiety from occurring. Massage also causes the body to release the hormone oxytocin which is known to create bonding.
Please note: If you do suffer from depression or need help to talk to someone, massage is part of the arsenal in helping you but will never replace professional help and advice. Please ask for help.
Lowered Stress Levels. Prolonged stress and elevated cortisol levels can lead to a host of other problems. Massage has been proven to reduce cortisol levels by as much as 30 percent. Massage therapy activates neurotransmitters in your body, which can lower your stress hormones and decrease anxiety.
Feel better, Move better, Be better.