Mental health is just as important as physical health, but unfortunately mental illnesses like depression and anxiety are on the rise as stress keeps pushing its way into our lives. There are many things you can do to help keep your mental health and stress level in check, some of which include:
- Work on your mind as much as you work on your body – research has linked active minds (puzzles, games, reading for pleasure) to Alzheimer’s and dementia prevention.
- Give a laugh to someone who needs it – making others giggle can lift your spirits as well, laughing is contagious and you’ll feel good for helping someone else feel better.
- Defy complacency - Give yourself a new kind of challenge. Add to your hobbies, learn a new language or start a new course or a new community activity.
- Change your inner conversation – A) if you tend to be self centered, try to be more self aware and see how your behavior impacts others. B) If you tend to self-depreciate, be kinder to yourself. Don’t compare yourself to others as this can chip away at self esteem. Build yourself up.
- Set a daily limit on technology in your household – try to use this time to enjoy different types of activities with others.
- Curb your worries by replacing them with more hopeful thoughts - Studies show that actively replacing negative thoughts with positive ones can have all kinds of benefits.
- Take time out for your hobbies – working too hard or getting caught up in a monotonous cycle without time for yourself is a sure-fire way to burn out or invite mental health struggles. Try to do something you find relaxing like meditation, drawing or driving every day.
- Write it out – journaling your highs and lows may help you reflect objectively and learn how to better deal with struggles and conflicts, as well as providing the perfect way for you to vent the day's frustrations as well as exclaim the day's joys.
That concludes our quick 'happy mind' tips, thanks for visiting EMC! Stay tuned for more health tips to follow!