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Did you know that one of the five people is affected by mental illness, such as anxiety, depression, etc.? It’s very common these days that people are experiencing stress due to work pressure, as an effect of the demands of life increases. So, an important part of keeping yourself fit and healthy is to take care of your own mental health.
Now, you might be wondering what exactly is mental health?
What is mental health?
Mental health refers to the state of one’s emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Yes, like our physical condition, we also have a mental condition that shapes our mental health and well-being. Our mental health affects how we feel and think, as well as how we act in certain situations.
Most people think of mental health and confuse it with conditions like bipolar disorder, anxiety, or loneliness. It’s not always true that being in good mental health doesn’t mean you live without a diagnosable condition. It means that you are able to maneuver everyday life with ease and grace dealing with potential problems and roadblocks.
World Health Organization (WHO) says: “Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”
Taking care of your mental health and emotional well-being has always been important. But, it’s imperative now more than ever. Generation Z, which indicates teens and young adults born between the mid-1990s and mid-2000s, are most affected by mental health conditions, says a survey by the American Psychological Association (APA). The study also reveals that the generation that struggles the most, Gen Z, is also the most likely to seek professional help for personal problems, according to the study.
Common Mental Health Conditions
When we think of mental health, we often think of disorders like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Although, these conditions are serious and require medical attention. But, mental illnesses like anxiety, stress, depression are common and can not be diagnosed easily.
Anxiety is a necessary part of our life, and it’s totally normal to feel a little twinge of nervousness or anxiety every so often. If you’re nervous before giving a presentation at work, or anxious before an exam, you’re likely experiencing a normal, healthy dose of anxiety. But, if you are feeling too much anger, anxiety, or stress, it’s injurious to mental health, as well as physical health.
Acute depression indicates persistent sadness or an “empty” feeling, hopelessness, irritability, feelings of guilt, fatigue, weight loss or gain, changes in appetite, and loss of interest in hobbies or things you used to love. You must reach out to your parents, friends, colleagues whom you trust or, seeking medical help for depression.
Here we will discuss 10 things you can do for your mental health.
Tell yourself something positive
How you think about yourself can have a powerful effect on how you feel. When we perceive ourselves as someone who lost, or faced failure previously, we often doubt ourselves. On the contrary, let’s try to tell ourselves positive words, “I am successful”, “I’m gonna do well”, “I didn’t do well in the interview as I would have linked, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to get the job.”
Track gratitude and achievement with a journal
Try to write down three things you are grateful for and three things you are able to accomplish each day. It doesn’t mean that you have to accomplish at least three things in a day. But, try to write down how you achieve to keep your mind positive throughout the day or positive attributes.
Wake up early and exercise regularly
Waking up early is a good habit you can start today. It gives you a full day to work on your mental health and personal goal. A regular yoga practice of 60 minutes helps you to deal with all your changes and challenges coming into your life.
Start your day with a cup of coffee
It’s said that coffee consumption is associated with lower rates of depression. If you are not a coffee person, and hate caffeine, try another drink like green tea.
Avoid alcohol, smoking, and drugs
Drinking and smoking can give you instant relief from the trauma or anxiety, but in the long run, you need a long term cure. Excessive drinking for prolonged periods is bad both for your physical and mental health. So, try to avoid any consumption of drugs or alcohol.
Work your strengths
Do something you’re good at to build self-confidence. It can be personal or professional. Challenges sometimes take your mind from anxiety and let you invest in something fruitful. Then tackle a tougher task.
Yes, you can experiment. Try out a new recipe, write a poem, paint, or try a Facebook or Pinterest project. Creative expression and overall well-being are linked.
Stay connected, show some love in your life
Always stay connected with your friends and family. If you are away from home, try to get some time and call them up, or once-in-a-while surprise them with chocolates or have a physical conversation with them.
Treat yourself to a couple of pieces of dark chocolate every few days
The flavonoids, caffeine, and theobromine in chocolate are proved to work together to improve alertness and mental skills.
Take time to laugh
Hang out with a funny friend. Watch a comedy series, or check out cute videos online. Laughter and happiness help reduce anxiety.
If you have any queries or feedback or need some extra tips on how to improve your mental health and increase happiness, reach out at – [email protected]