The writer discusses the importance of mental health and how we can improve it by making simple lifestyle adjustments.

Mental health is far more than just the diagnosis; instead it is the overall psychological well-being of a human being. Struggling with emotions and sentiments is a challenge faced by many but finding the means and ways to overcome this challenge proves to be an even bigger obstacle. Taking care of one’s mental health can mean seeking professional help and taking steps to find solutions to fix a person’s emotional health by themselves.

In spite of life’s many arduous hurdles, reaching a satisfying and sound state of mind is thoroughly attainable. These changes will pay off in all aspects of a person’s life. Furthermore, it will boost a person’s mood, build flexibility and add overall enjoyment of life. There are a few ingredients that inspire one’s hope and optimism.

Add Physical Activity to your Routine

Exercising regularly not only improves a person physical health but also improves psychological well-being. After a workout session, the human body releases stress-relieving and mood-boosting endorphins; that is one of the most important reasons why exercising is considered an antidote to depression and anxiety. A person can easily add activity to one’s day, like walking small distances instead of using motor vehicles and taking stairs instead of an elevator. To get the best result, a person should aim to do at least minimum half an hour of exercise regularly and try to do the exercise outdoors. Exposure to nature is proven to be a stress reducer. Similarly, exposure to the sun helps the human body to produce vitamin D, which increases serotonin level in the brain.

Set Realistic Goals

Set attainable and realistic goals as their accomplishment will build self-confidence and self-assurance. Furthermore, it will foster a sense of satisfaction in a person. Setting goals which are unattainable in a short amount of time is bad for a person’s mental health. There is nothing wrong with aiming for higher and demonstrating a high level of motivation but too much of that can lead to an unhealthy state of mind. A person should prioritize and set goals that are high enough but guarantee results, and are realistic to pursue and achieve.   

Seek Positivity

Practice a positive and optimistic thinking; a person should recall the times when he/she has experienced happiness, peace, pleasure or other positive emotions and feelings. Nothing destroys one’s mental health more than having negative thoughts or thinking too much about everyday situations. Allowing oneself to feel and express appreciation of life is a great way to promote positive thinking, and eliminate negative thoughts from one’s mind. An easy way of doing this, is to sit down somewhere quiet, and write down all the positive things and life’s blessings. You will be surprised to know how blessed you are and it will definitely bring out a positive change in your attitude towards life. Having a grateful attitude towards life does not only make one happy but also boosts one’s immune system.

Maintain a Healthy Diet

Eating a healthy diet not only nourishes the human body, but leads to better mental health. Having a good meal as well as exercising leads to a better physique which makes a person feel good about one’s appearance. Consequently, it boosts one’s self-esteem and confidence.

Sleep Well

Having a good night’s sleep is very important for mental health. Sleep deprivation has a significant negative impact on a person’s mood. By going to bed at the same time regularly will help a person to have a good night’s sleep which in return helps the body and mind to be relaxed and well rested. 

Muhammad Awais

Muhammad Awais Malik is a Software Engineer. He has done his Bachelors in Software Engineering from UMT.

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