Taking care of your mental health

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Taking care of your mental health

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For an individual to be completely healthy, state of mental health is equally, if not more, important as the state of his/her physical health. Mental health refers to our emotional, psychological and social well-being. It affects our perception of ourselves and everything and everyone around us. What we think of ourselves, other people, and relations and how we manage our emotions in different situations are all governed by the state of our mental health.

 

Being mentally healthy doesn’t necessarily mean absence of issues like depression, anxiety and other psychological disorders. People who are mentally healthy are:

  • Content
  • Full of life
  • Laughs more often
  • Better at dealing with stress
  • Adaptable
  • Physically active and fit
  • Good at maintaining relationships
  • Has evidently high self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Productive
  • Positive people, who spread their optimism

 

These people go through the same drudgery of life as everyone else but are more adept at tackling unfavorable and difficult situations.

 

Signs of mental health issues

Behavioral signs are common with people suffering from mental illness. Below are some common symptoms of mental issues that will require immediate attention.

  • Changes in sleep pattern
  • Persistent feeling of hopelessness
  • Unable to concentrate
  • Substance abuse
  • Persistent negative and self-destructive thoughts
  • Suicidal
  • Fluctuating moods
  • Withdrawing from people
  • Low on motivation and energy
  • Unable to perform everyday tasks

 

Improving your psychological well-being

 

Experiences in life, especially during the early years, have a profound impact on our mental health. While we have no control over our experiences, we do have many other elements in our control, which immensely affects our mental health. Some of the most common and perhaps the easiest practices that are bound to improve our mental health are:

  • Good nutrition
  • Regular exercising
  • Sufficient rest
  • Getting out more often
  • Socializing
  • Avoiding alcohol and tobacco
  • Conscious efforts to block out negative thoughts
  • Managing stress
  • Breaking away from regular routines periodically
  • Taking out time for yourself to do what you like
  • Surrounding yourself with positive people
  • Yoga, meditation

Resilience
Coping with changes can be extremely stressful. However, when you live in a world, where the only constant is change you must learn to adapt swiftly without stressing too much. Irrespective of the fact that a change is predictable, self-inflicted, forced or an adversity, developing resilience in your character will immensely help you in adapting

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