Omar Khayyam, a renowned influential thinker, had once said,
“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.”
When it comes to happiness, health plays a vital role. While people acknowledge the importance of physical health, mental health generally takes a backseat. People are not considerate of mental health until it causes a few troubles. Therefore, it is important to prevent mental health problems before they bother people. Lifestyle has direct implications on mental health. Thoughts, behaviors, and choices people make every day have an effect on brain function and mental health.
Here are some effective ways that can help improve brain and mental health.
- Respecting and valuing oneself
People should treat themselves with kindness and respect. Moreover, they should not involve in self-criticism as it may lead to low confidence. Sparing time for hobbies, favorite projects and things people love can help broaden their horizons. Anything ranging from a daily crossword puzzle, attending dance lessons, planting a garden, learning a new language or playing an instrument can be the activities that can help an individual enjoy great mental health.
- Taking care of physical health
Taking care of physical health will have favorable effect on mental health too. All one needs to maintain good physical health is practice some simple lifestyle habits such as:
- Eat nutritious meals
- Avoid drinking, smoking and other psychoactive or addictive substances.
- Consume plenty of water. It helps detox the body.
- Regular exercising as it can help alleviate anxiety and depression, and improve moods.
- Get adequate sleep as lack of sleep, according to researchers, may trigger depression, especially in college students.
- Be positive in life
According to a study, people who focus on their negative qualities tend to prone to engage in self-defeating humor and therefore experience lower self-esteem. However, people who are positive about their attributes get involve in more affinitive humor, which in turn boost their self-esteem and decreases depression.
To stay positive, it is important to stay in the company of positive personalities. Spending quality time with supportive family members and friends may develop positivity in people. Moreover, participating in activities that offer opportunities to meet new people, such as a club, class or support group may also help stimulate positivity.
- Learning to deal with stress
In today’s world, it is almost impossible to avoid stress. However, learning to deal with stress can help prevent the harmful effects of stress on mental health. Stress coping skills such as Tai Chi, some outdoor sport, a nature walk, playing with pet, listening to music or any activity that one loves can act as a stress buster. Smile more often and see the humor in life. Laughter, as studies suggest, “is a noninvasive and non-pharmacological alternative treatment for stress and depression.”
- Setting realistic goals
Be it academics, professional aspirations or personal pursuits; one should always be very particular about his/her goals. Goals should be in harmony with one’s potential. Aim high but keep it realistic. It will save an individual from a potential heartbreak. Nothing is more pleasing than realizing one’s goals; and they come at the cost of enormous hard work and focus.
- Seeking help is always a great decision
Mental health problems are like any other health problem, which is treatable with timely screening and right treatment. However, in case of mental health problems, most people shy away from reporting it, probably due to stigma attached to it. People need to be educated about the complexities associated with mental illnesses. They hamper quality of life and strip an individual of both health and happiness.
For more information and guidance on recovering from any type of mental health problem, you can get in touch with the 24/7 Mental Health Helpline by calling our 24/7 alcohol helpline 855–653–8178.