Habits That Impact Mental Health: Should You Adopt or Avoid?
The debate surrounding mental health is certainly not new. However, considering that human beings have been on this planet for thousands of years, the fact that we have only started to talk about mental health in the past few decades or so makes it a relatively new topic of discussion.
Hence, it is understandable that we are still trying to discover more and more about mental well-being every day. One major observation which has emerged is the fact that mental health is just as serious as physical health, and needs to be taken care of in order for a person to function properly.
Unfortunately, not much is known about the proper ways through which we can ensure proper mental health. For example, to maintain good physical health, we know what foods to consume, how much water to drink, and what precautions we need to take in order to ensure a healthy body.
But when it comes to the mind, there is very little guidance. However, not all is lost, as some methods to alter (and even improve) mental health have emerged and showed promising results.
Meditating Is Crucial
We know you’ve probably heard about the benefits of meditation a million times, and maybe even tried it once or twice before leaving it, disappointed by the lack of visible results.
Although there is still lack of conclusive scientific evidence which can categorically describe the benefits of meditation, the testimonials received from all those who have practiced it for a long period of time do inspire confidence. People have reported a significant reduction in their stress levels, better management of anxiety levels, and even escape from depression by practicing some form of meditation.
Include Some Exercise In the Daily Routine
Apart from the fact that regularly exercising will give you a better looking shape than you currently have, mostly because you will be losing some extra fat all over the body while improving blood circulation in the body to give your face that radiant glow, it will also have a very positive impact on your mental health.
There are studies which have shown exercise to have a stronger impact upon mental health than even antidepressants, and those who are suffering from symptoms of depression should certainly include exercise into their lifestyle in order to avoid possibly harmful medication.
Exercise has the potential to make one feel happy rather easily. This is because when we exercise, our central nervous system releases a chemical called endorphin, which is basically one of the hormones produced by the body that also improves the state of mind.
Check Your Diet
You may be a bit confused as a proper diet is also very crucial to maintaining good physical well-being, so its connection to mental is not very obvious. However, believe it or not, the diet you are eating has more of an impact upon your mental health as opposed to your physical health.
According to research, processed foods contain very high amounts of trans fats, sodium, and sugar, resulting in the development of certain diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes, all of which cause stress to the sufferer. More directly, diet plays a huge part in a person’s cognitive abilities, and memory as well as capacity to learn can be great impacted if a proper diet is not maintained.
The Time Spent Using A Smartphone
Although we tried looking for the positives of using a smartphone upon the mental health of a person, there aren’t any significant benefits (if any at all) which may be highlighted.
Many studies have been conducted to assess the impact the ever-increasing smartphone usage is having on the minds of the masses, and according to results published by University of Gothenburg, using smartphones a bit more than necessary has the ability to cause symptoms of depression, increased amount of stress, and may also lead to sleep disorders.
Get Sufficient Sleep
This point is self-explanatory, although there are some who don’t like to sleep as much as they should simply because they believe it to be a waste of their time. If you don’t want your memory and cognitive abilities to remain intact and fully functional, then try to get at least that much sleep which has been recommended by your doctor.
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