IMPROVE YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

Posted on April 16, 2020 · Posted in General, Memo Plus Gold, Personal

Mental health is your overall psychological well-being—the way you feel about yourself and others as well as your ability to manage your feelings and deal with everyday difficulties especially during the current challenging times. And while taking care of your mental health may mean seeking professional support and treatment, it also means taking steps to improve your emotional health on your own. Making the following changes will help pay off in all aspects of your life. It can boost your mood, build resilience, and add to your overall enjoyment of life.

1. Positive thinking. 

Research shows that how you think of yourself can have a powerful effect on how you feel. When we perceive our self and our life negatively, we can end up viewing experiences in a way that confirms that notion. Instead, practice using words that promote feelings of self-worth and personal power. For example, instead of saying, “I’m such a loser. I won’t get the job because I fared badly in the interview,” try saying, “I didn’t do as well in the interview as I would have liked, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to get the job”.

2. Gratitude. 

Gratitude has been clearly linked with improved well-being and mental health, as well as happiness. The best-researched method to increase feelings of gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal or write a daily gratitude list. Generally contemplating gratitude is also effective, but you need to get regular practice to experience long-term benefits. Find something to be grateful for, let it fill your heart, and bask in that feeling.

3. Remain focused. 

Being mindful of the present difficult moment allows us to let go of negative or difficult emotions from past experiences that weigh us down. Start by bringing awareness to your current routine activities, such as taking a shower, eating at home, or exercising at home. Paying attention to the physical sensations, sounds, smells, or tastes of these experiences helps you focus. When your mind starts to wanders, just bring it back to what you are doing.

4. Exercise. 

Your body releases stress-relieving and mood-boosting endorphins before and after you work out, which is why exercise is a powerful antidote to stress, anxiety, and depression. Look for various ways to add activity to your day, like walking up and down the stairs, doing aerobics or indoor exercises . To get the most benefit, aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise daily; for six days a week.

5. Eat well. 

What you eat nourishes your whole body, including your brain. Carbohydrates (in moderate amounts) increase serotonin, a chemical that has been shown to have a calming effect on your mood. Protein-rich foods increase norepinephrine, dopamine, and tyrosine, which help keep you alert. And vegetables and fruits are loaded with nutrients that feed every cell of your body, including those that affect mood-regulating brain chemicals. Also include foods with omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids ( found in fish, nuts, and flaxseed ). Research shows that these nutrients can improve mood and restore structural integrity to the brain cells necessary for cognitive function.

6. Open up to someone.

Knowing you are valued by others is important for helping you think more positively. Plus, being more trusting can increase your emotional well-being because as you get better at finding the positive aspects in other people, you become better at recognizing your own.

7. Do something for someone else.

Research shows that being helpful to others has a beneficial effect on how you feel about yourself. Being helpful and kind—and valued for what you do—is a great way to build self-esteem. The meaning you find in helping others will enrich and expand your life.

8. Take a break. 

In those moments when it all seems like too much, step away, and do anything but whatever was stressing you out until you feel a little better. Sometimes the best thing to do is a simple breathing exercise: Close your eyes and take 10 deep breaths. For each one, count to five as you inhale, hold it for a count of five, and then exhale for another five. This works wonders almost immediately.

9. Go to bed on time. 

A large body of research has shown that sleep deprivation has a significant negative effect on your mood. Try to go to bed at a regular time each day, and practice good habits to get better sleep. These include shutting down the screens for at least an hour before bedtime and using your bed only for sleeping or relaxing activities.

You have the power to take positive steps right now to improve your resilience and emotional health. Do not wait until you are in a crisis to make your mental health a priority.  Besides, it is easier to form new habits when you are still feeling strong. Slowly put in place routines, habits, and regular patterns that will help you feel better through gradual change.

As usual, please take your Memo Plus Gold daily. It will help soothe your emotions and stabilize your mood.Natural memory enhancer