As we all know, ‘a healthy mind lives in a healthy body’. So for good physical health, it makes sense we focus on our mental health, too.
The mind is the essence of our being. It processes our feelings, emotions, thoughts, and experiences. If our mind is clean and pure then it will help us in maintaining good physical health.
Nowadays, we are so busy in our day-to-day activities that we are moving constantly without resting. We are disturbed by restless thinking, which prevents peace of mind. We often don’t even get time to take care of the basics, like eating and sleeping properly. But neglecting ourselves and racing around living frantic, exhausting lives will soon take its toll. So it’s important to take stock and focus on what’s important: you.
Here are my 10 top tips for maintaining a healthy mind:
1. Enjoy three meals a day. First, remember nutrition plays a vital role in maintaining mental health. Food helps in the development and management of mental health. By ensuring that your diet contains an adequate amount of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and essential fats, you can achieve balance, keeping your moods level. Always have three proper meals a day, avoiding junk and fried food. Try to make sure your diet includes seeds and nuts, dairy, fresh fruit, green veg and plenty of water. And remember the saying ‘Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dine like a pauper’ – so try not to eat so much in the evenings but add a little extra into the mornings!
2. Eat plenty of fruit and veg. People who eat fresh fruit and green vegetables are less prone to mental health issues than those who don’t. They keep your appetite in check and maintain a healthy mind and body, helping you stay in tip-top condition.
3. Sleep properly. Sleep and mental health are directly related. Remember, if you are not getting proper sleep then it can affect your psychological state and mental health. Getting eight hours’ sleep helps your mind to stay fresh and energised.
4. Reduce stress. Stress badly affects mental health. Paying attention to how to deal with it is very important. If stress becomes chronic it can lead to issues like depression and anxiety.
According to a survey by the American Psychological Association, 24% of adults experienced high levels of stress, an increase of 6% from the previous year.
5. Be positive about yourself. The way you think about yourself directly impacts your feelings. So when you see yourself and your life negatively, your experiences will likely confirm that. Instead, try to boost your feeling of self-worth and focus on the positives.
6. Keep moving. Working out releases stress-relieving endorphins. Therefore, it’s a good idea to take out at least 30 minutes each day to exercise. Even better, go out and get some sunlight, as it helps the body produce vitamin D. Also, nature is one of the best stressbusters.
7. Express yourself. Whenever you feel troubled or stressed, talk about your feelings with someone. Sometimes it can be hard, but talking things over can help you see the problem in a different light.
8. Track your drinking habits. To deal with loneliness and to reduce stress, people often drink alcohol, but its effects are temporary. Therefore, it is not an effective way to manage your stress and feelings. There are other healthier ways to cope up with difficult situations. To keep your mental health stable, opt for occasional light drinking and stay within the recommended alcohol limits.
9. Take a break. Always give yourself some ‘me time’. Sometimes a change is good for your mental health and wellbeing. Take a deep breath and set yourself free from all the tensions and stress. Listen to your body and mind. If you are feeling tired, then take a nap. Sound sleep is very important for mental health.
10. Try meditation. Meditation helps our mind to focus on a particular thing to achieve inner peace and harmony. It helps in reducing stress and overflow of thoughts. Take out 15-20 minutes in a day to meditate so that you can slow down and quieten your mind. As a result, meditation can help in treating mental health disorders. People who practice meditation are often mentally healthier than the people who don’t.