Sunday, October 26, 2008

Improve Mental Health

You can improve your mental health and well-being, everyday. Start now to save good mental health for the future, and remember it’s never too late to start it.

Exercise as daily routine. Physical activity is good for mental health. Gardening, taking a walk, using stairs instead of the lift, and bycicling rather than riding car. It means taking care of your body. Taking care of yourself physically can improve mental health. Be sure to eat nutritious meals, avoid cigarettes, drink much water, get sleep enough. What you eat and drink can affect how you feel and how you behave.

Keep the brain alive and broaden your horizons. Seek something new to learn. Learning will keep your mind and spirit alive and healthy. Create achange of pace or expand your interests. Explore a new hobby, plant a garden, plan a road - trip , try a new restaurant, take dance lessons, or learn to play an instrument or speak another language.

Relax and maintain a good balance in between work and life. Take breaks and enjoy yourself. Don’t mind to ask for help if you need. Try meditating, taking a walk in a natural outdoor, or reaching out spiritually through prayer. Quiet reflection, alone or in the company of others, can improve your state of mind, strengthen your sense of self and c o m m u n i t y, and give you time away from a hectic situation and you can collect your thoughts and reenergize yourself.

Keep in touch with supportive peoples, friends and loved ones. Close relationships are good things for mental health. Take time with family members and friends, or seek out activities at which you can meet new people, such as a club, class or support group.

If possible, give yourself. Many people say that volunteering helps them to maintain good mental health. The best cure for sadness is activity. Do something, particularly for others. Volunteer your time and energy to help someone else. You’ll feel good about doing something to help someone in need—and it’s a gre a t way to meet new people who share your interests and compassion.

Make a plan. As they say, don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today. Just try. People who wake up in the morning and knowing what is planned for the day will feel good. Decide what tasks you need to complete for the week and make a plan for when and how to do them. If you are overscheduled, decide what can wait a week or two. If you don’t have much on the schedule, plan some activities you’ll look forward to.

Claim what you’re entitled to. Find out things you are entitled to and make sure you claim them. Use your voice to challenge unfair things whenever it happens. Value yourself. Treat yourself with kindness and respect, and avoid self-criticism. Keep in mind the qualities you like about yourself, your achievements and abilities. Take some time daily to relax and reflect positively.

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