How to keep a Healthy Mind
- Eat Healthy – We all know that our diet has an impact on our physical wellbeing, but it also affects your mental status. A healthy body is a healthy mind. Eating three meals a day will keep your energy levels up and keep you feeling good all day long. As well as eating healthy foods, drinking lots of water will keep you hydrated and boost your metabolism; making you feel and look better.
- Watch what you Drink – Drinking water makes us feel so refreshed that it actually improves our state of mind. You don’t even have to be severely in need of it to benefit: Even mild dehydration has been shown to negatively impact moods.
- Exercise – Exercise benefits you both mentally and physically. When you exercise your body releases endorphins which can greatly improve your mood.
- Talking to Others – In today’s world it has never been easier to keep in touch with friends and family. Feeling connected with other people is an important part of what makes us human. Stay in touch with people.
- Getting a Change of Scenery – Sometimes we get stuck in the same old scene. Taking a holiday is a great way to relax, improve your mood and see more of the world. However, not all of us are lucky enough to take off whenever we feel like it. But there are much simpler and cost effective ways of taking a break from our day-to-day routine which can do just as much to improve your mental health. Taking a different route to work or just moving the furniture around will help your mind in being able to experience new things and cope with different situations.
- Get a Hobby – So much of our lives are taken up by the pressures of work these days that we can sometimes forget about what we enjoy. It is important to remember the things you enjoy out of life.
- Accepting that You are Unique – Many people are unhappy or self-conscious about their appearance, the way they speak or their background. These kinds of feelings can lead to a sense of worthlessness or even bring about conditions such as depression. By talking to others and expressing your feelings you will be able to get a better understanding of both your weaknesses and strengths. If you find it helps, take five minutes every day to list the qualities that make you unique, thinking of one positive and then one negative, and try to accept that you are you; which is the best person you can be.
- Care for Others – Part of maintaining healthy relationships is returning concern for those who care for you. This could be as simple as signing a ‘get well’ card at work or calling an elderly relative to ask how they are. Getting a pet makes you exercise these emotions constantly as you are the person they rely on for food, shelter and love. Really caring for others can help greatly improve your mental health and allow you to explore feelings you may have grown out of touch with.
- Exercise your mind – Just like the rest of your body your brain needs exercise too in order to stay healthy. There are lots of different ways you can do this; from computer games to doing the cross word. Instead of working out your bills on a calculator straight away, try calculating the sums in your head first before checking if you were correct mechanically. Learning a new word every day is also a good way of making sure your memory stays in full working order.