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Health according to World Health
Organization is” a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and
no merely the absence of disease or infirmity. This is telling us to be healthy
is not by being healthy physically alone but being able to balance it with our
mental and social wellbeing also. Therefore here are habits you can inculcate
to improve your mental health.

  • EAT A BALANCED
    DIET
    :  Eating a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables
    can improve your mental health. Consumption of good food does not only have
    effect on your physical health. Some heavily processed foods could predispose
    you to mood disorders.
  • GET ADEQUATE
    SLEEP
    :
    Sleeplessness is a major sign of poor 
    mental health as it sometimes denotes mental illness. Deep sleep makes
    the mind more sound. Do not keep electronics in your bedroom to avoid
    distraction. Make your bedroom cool, dark and comfortable for you to facilitate
    good sleep.
  • MEDITATION:  Clear your mind of worries and fears. Take
    time to breathe and just be mindful of where you are at the moment. This
    relieves symptoms of depression and anxiety. It is a line of treatment in the
    management of anxiety disorders.
  • BE HYDRATED: The brain is
    made up of 75% water. Dehydration can have an effect on the brain, not taking
    enough water can affect concentration and cognitive functioning. 3.7 liters of
    fluid is the recommended amount of fluid intake for men daily while women are
    recommended to take 2.7 liters. Adequate fluid intake will improve mood and
    cognitive functioning.
  • BE OFF SOCIAL
    MEDIA
    :
    Social media can seem an avenue to socialize and it has negative effect on
    mental health. Social media accommodates all forms of pretense and vague
    lifestyle which is linked to symptoms of depression and anxiety. Societal ills
    are easily spread via social media. Meet people, live life genuinely to improve
    your mental health.
  • REGULAR EXERCISE: Exercise is
    known to bring about healthy body but can also help build a sound mind.
    Cardio-exercise are said to release endorphins that boost mood. Low intensity
    exercise can also improve brain function.
  • KEEP A DIARY: Write down how
    you feel and events, it allows you to record your pattern of behavior,
    triggers, worries and fear. It serves as an assessment when you improve.
  • LAUGH: Laugh is known
    to be the best medicine. Laughing is a reaction to excitement. It eases stress
    and relieves anxiety. It also facilitates socialization. Go out with funny
    friends, watch funny movies and do amusing things yourself.
  • ALWAYS OPEN UP: Talk to family
    and trusted friends, this relieves the burden of the issue. Advice may be
    offered and you can find help. Some of your friends may even be going through
    something worse. Do not keep issues that bother you. It may lead to depression.
  • GO OUT: People are
    usually caught between regular schedule of work and home. Taking some time off
    this schedule can be a benefit to mental health. See the world appreciate
    nature, these will relieve stress thereby improving mental health.
  • MAINTAIN GOOD
    POSTURE
    :  Standing, sitting and maintaining a good
    position elevates the mind and makes one feel good. This will improve mental
    health  by facilitating positive attitude
    and increase self-esteem.
  • AVOID PRESSURE: Avoid doing so
    many things at a time. It can affect mental health, this will increase level of
    stress and anxiety. Make priority list and take your time to accomplish each
    task.
  • SEEK HELP FROM A
    PROFESSIONAL
    :
    When you feel something is amiss, visit your doctor and ask for help. Stigma
    does not allow some people to ask for help but asking for help is important to
    prevent mental disorder.