Five Ways to Look After Your Mental Health

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It’s important to take care of yourself. In fact, before you can begin taking care of other people, you need to be sure that your life is on track. Your mental health influences all aspects of your life – how you think, how you feel, how you interact with other people and how you behave on a daily basis. It is estimated that 1 in 6 people endured a mental health problem in the last week. Here’s a quick look at five things you can do to look after your mental health.

  1. Eat a Balanced Diet

Your brain is one of many organs in your body and just like the other organs, your brain needs a mix of healthy, nutritious food in order to function at its best. Just like a balanced diet is important for your physical health, it is also important for your mental health.

2. Exercise Regularly

There are many significant benefits to exercising. Not only will it help you look good, it will also help you sleep, concentrate and give you more energy for daily physical activities. Exercise releases chemicals into your brain that help you feel good and helps your brain remain healthy.

3. Use Technology to Help You

TMS is a procedure that can be used to improve symptoms of depression. It’s non-invasive, using magnetic fields to stimulate the nerve cells in the brain. It’s a safe and simple method that TMS providers offer patients looking for happiness and well-being.

A healthy life needs to focus both on physical health and mental health. Starting by taking care of yourself will allow you to move forward in happiness and inner-peace to a more fulfilling life.

4. Accept Yourself for Who You Are

Many people have trouble accepting themselves for who they are and this leads to significant mental health stress, typically anxiety. Anxiety disorders affect 18 percent, or 40 million adults, in the American population. It has become the most common mental health issue in the US. It’s important to take a step back and look at ourselves with less critical eyes. Some people may be good at math, some people may be good cooks, some people may easily make people laugh and some people may have pretty eyes. Accepting your attributes will make it easier for you to move forward to learn a new skill, make new friends or go to new places. This, in turn, can help you cope with new situations and accept negative events in your life.

5. Try Something New

This doesn’t need to be dramatic to be effective. Our mental health benefits from a change of scenery. Keeping the brain stimulated and keeping ourselves interested goes a long way to feeling fulfilled and enjoying our lives. This could be as simple as a short vacation, visiting a new place, taking up a hobby or going out with friends. Yoga or meditation work for many people. Even just a few minutes of a change of pace can be enough to de-stress and get back on track.

Melissa Thompson writes about a wide range of topics, always revealing interesting things we didn’t know before. She is a freelance producer for USA Today, and a contributor at Technorati. She lives in Utah with her 2 kids and husband. Melissa Thompson can be reached via LinkedIn or Twitter @melthompson88. Please follow and friend her on either site.