Improve your Mental Health with 10 Simple Steps

Mental health has often been stigmatized by people, even those who are facing this problem. Acknowledging the problem and seeking help will positively impact your life.

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There is a thin line between being sane and acting sane, and people often choose to enact their well-being when from inside they are completely torn apart. This state of mind can be initiated by anything, from childhood traumas to unjust impacts of adulthood, and these instances disrupt the psychological, emotional, and social well-being of a person. And these could lead to severe mental diseases caused by the simplest things. The basic causes are segregated into four segments:

  • Biological – sometimes genetics can cause this state of disrupted emotions
  • Environmental – situations and stress can also trigger this
  • Social – relationships can also be the cause of these problems
  • Individual – sense of purpose, strong communication skills, and the ability to deal with outside stressors can also impact a person

Whichever may be the reason, there are some simple answers suggested by various renowned therapists. If the problem is severe enough then consulting with a professional to do the prescribed should be the foremost priority. But, even with the medication, these steps will always work. Here are 10 Ways to Maintain Your Mental Wellbeing:

  1. Balanced Diet

There have been multiple studies that show that a well-balanced diet can have a positive impact on an individual. Eating habits can change the course of secretion of hormones that bring negative energy, like cortisol, and increase inflammation. These can aggravate anxiety, along with depressed and negative moods.

  1. Sleep Cycles

Sleeping cycles are also related to hormones and with adequate amount of sleep and maintaining a proper sleeping habit can help you keep your hormones in place. Good sleep can help the brain to process critical emotional information and can give you a better tomorrow. Not sleeping enough can hinder the brain’s natural process and even the positive emotional data can be corrupted in the process.

  1. Regular Exercises

Exercise releases hormones like dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. These are addressed as the feel-good hormones, when you keep yourself physically active regularly you can witness the change in mood right after you perform your daily exercise.

  1. Stress Relievers

Along with exercises you also need to keep your time for Stress Relievers like Yoga, Meditation, and Journaling. This will help you to keep your negative thoughts at bay and keep your brighter side up. Journaling can be extremely important when any negative thought makes you anxious or depressed, writing about it can pacify the instant burst of stress caused.

  1. Quit Smoking

Smoking not only causes cancer; it can be a devil to various mental illnesses as well. It might not directly cause mental illness but it can trigger it, and worsen it. If you are struggling with your mental wellbeing you need to stop smoking. Drastic change can also impact your mental health, but decreasing the amount and finally stopping it would be beneficial in the long run.

  1. No Alcohol

Just like smoking, Alcohol can trigger stress, anxiety, and depression. Alcohol mostly disrupts the neurotransmitters; results in impacting your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. People have an incorrect notion that alcohol can make a person relaxed and less anxious, but you can regard it as the tsunami when the sea falls silent right before the forthcoming surge.

  1. Socialize

Socialize, obviously without alcohol. Some studies show that people who regularly socialize with their community and friends feel a sense of belonging and this can lessen the forces of mental disruptions. Being well-connected can be helpful for people who are fighting anxiety and depression, and this is why there are groups that support each other through their journey to mental wellness.

  1. Get a Pet

This is probably the most fun part of this segment, getting a pet, whether it is a dog a cat, or a hamster, and caring for someone else without any conditions can help you to forget your worries. Yes, the judgmental gaze of a cat healing powers not just their purrs. There are hormones stated as the love hormones, dopamine, and oxytocin, and you will experience a rush of these hormones whenever you see your pet, hear their voice, or just feel their presence.

  1. Work-life Balance

This is an era of professionalism and keeping a work-life balance can be hard for most people, but this is a struggle you might have to put up with to gain your mental health. Practicing barriers and keeping a balance is the most powerful thing that you can gift yourself. After your work, do something that you feel good about. You can meet your friends or go for a habit that you lost connection with. Paint, sing, dance, do whatever that makes you feel happy and satiated.

  1. Seek Professional Help

Raise yourself above the social stigmas and seek a professional if you feel that is what can make you feel better. Do not take it as the last resort, and only seek help nothing else works. Taking care of your mental well-being is your utmost priority, and you need to take steps accordingly. Just keep in mind not every therapist can help, if you in some way feel uncomfortable with your therapist and they have failed to give you that safe space to open up completely, don’t hesitate to switch.

Dealing with mental health issues requires time and patience, be ready for a journey for a better tomorrow and a more efficient future. Rising above your boundaries and overcoming your mental health issue is no less than a battle. There will be days when you will feel you have let yourself down and you have wronged yourself, but standing up is what you will need and will keep you going for a better future.

Edith Slocum

I am Edith Slocum and I have over 16 years experience in the financial services industry giving me a vast understanding of how news affects the financial markets. I am an active day trader spending the majority of my time analyzing earnings reports and watching commodities and derivatives. I have a Masters Degree in Economics from Westminster University with previous roles counting Investment Banking. <strong>Address:</strong> 4510 Sigley Road, Salina, KS 67401, USA <strong>Phone:</strong> (+1) 785-534-9610 <strong>Email:</strong> [email protected]

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