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
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
- 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
- BE OFF SOCIAL
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
- SEEK HELP FROM A
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.