Ideas for Maintaining and Improving your Mental Health
The general stresses of modern day life, plus dealing with traumatic events like the death of a loved one, divorce, broken relationships, moving home, money problems, illness or physical pain can take their toll on anyone’s mental health. To achieve and maintain good mental health you need to take steps to protect and care for yourself.
Because of the stigma attached to mental illness, it is not really known how many people suffer, many people suffer in silence. But depression and anxiety are very common, as are other mental health conditions like obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anger management issues, a wide range of phobias and eating disorders.
Lots of people self medicate to deal with these issues, usually with substances that can then cause them serious physical illness and long term problems, like illicit drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and excessive eating.
The ultimate result of a mental disorder or illness is death. Suicide rates are generally not widely published, for fear of promoting the idea. But in Australia it is estimated that on average 2,000 people per year take their own life. Two thousand people in this land of beauty, plenty and opportunity decide that they are so unhappy the only solution for them is death. Tragic isn’t it?
But even for those that do not go to the extreme of suicide, the daily result of poor mental health is unhappiness, disappointment and a life less well lived.
But you can avoid these things if you take steps to promote your own good mental health.
1) Pursue your interests
Take time to indulge in the things that interest you, hobbies, music, sports, art, crafts, tinkering with an engine, whatever appeals to you. Active interests are much better than sitting in front of the TV waiting to be entertained.
2) Eat Healthy and Exercise
Physical well being has a direct effect on mental well being and vice versa. A poor diet and sedentary lifestyle can lead to depression. Whereas a healthy diet contains many nutrients that have a positive effect on mental activity and exercise releases endorphins that lift your mood. We have more tips for healthy eating and exercise at 7 Ways to lose weight and improve your Cholesterol Level
Working for a charity or helping others will help to put your own problems in perspective. Plus it will often give you a sense of satisfaction that your own job or career can not.
4) Learn to Relax
Most people do not really know what this means. True relaxation actually offers the body better rest than sleep. It affects the chemicals released by the brain and continues to benefit the body and mind long after you have resumed activity. So learn some relaxation techniques and practice them daily.
Better still learn to meditate. Meditation has been scientifically proven to not only reduce and beat mental health conditions like stress, anxiety and depression; it can also reduce pain, reverse heart disease and improve circulatory issues.
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5) Spend Time with Family and Friends
Your relationships need to be nurtured, to share the ups and downs of life. The old adage says that a problem shared is a problem halved. So discuss your problems with your friends and family to get a different perspective, rather than indulging in them alone.
6) Do not be afraid to ask for support
Oftentimes mental issues can not be resolved alone. If you feel things are getting on top of you, speak to your doctor. He may suggest other specialists to go to. Or contact one of the many agencies that are available to help. We will list some of them at the bottom of this post.
7) Learn How to Deal with Panic and Anxiety
Anyone that has ever had a panic attack knows that this is a serious matter. People often believe they are having a heart attack or are going to die, at the very least pass out. They can become regular occurrences for people who develop phobias. Alternately low levels of anxiety can become the norm and when problems arise, you are already in a heightened state, so your reactions can become very uncomfortable very quickly. You can seek professional help for this, or alternately you could try Panic Away at home. This is a course of treatment that has helped thousands of people relieve their problem in minutes. Panic Away comes with an 8 week money back guarantee, so if it does not work for you, claim a refund and use the money at a local doctors or psychologist.
Another option for releasing stress and achieving deep relaxation, that many people swear by, is Brainwave Entrainment. This involves listening to certain soundwaves, on CD or MP3, which over the course of a few minutes will adjust the frequency of your brainwaves to those soothing levels at which you will de-stress and relax. You can find much more information on this and download the MP3 files, or order the CDs from Mind Sync Review
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