8 Lifestyle Changes That'll Aid Your Overall Mental Health

Karishma Govil , 10 Oct 2018
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Happy Woman (Image Courtesy: Shutterstock)

Mental health issues like anxiety, stress and depression can and should be treated and aided with medication and therapy if need be. However, there are certain lifestyle changes you can also make that will positively affect your overall health and wellness. This World Mental Health Day, we’ve listed down a few things you can do to help your body and mind stay healthy. Here they are:

1. Eat Right

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What you eat can change the way you feel. Consume more spinach, salmon, liver, eggs and yoghurt regularly. These foods contain protein, zinc, omega 3, and calcium that are essential for smooth brain function. They help to keep the mind and body energised through the day.

2. Hang Out With Positive People

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Best Friends (Image Courtesy: Shutterstock)

Surround yourself with happy, shiny people. Eliminate people who bring you down, or make you feel anything but good about yourself. Hanging out with positive people will influence you to think positive too.

3. Try To Give Up Your Vices

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No Smoking Sign (Image Courtesy: Shutterstock)

Bad habits can influence your mind in a very negative way in the long run. It’s best to give up these habits for the sake of your mind and body.

4. Watch & Read Positive Content

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Girl Reading A Book (Image Courtesy: Shutterstock)

Considering the overload of so much information we come across on a daily basis, it’s a good idea to take a break from the intense content and be mindful of the content you consume for a while.

5. Rest Enough

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Sleepy Girl (Image Courtesy: Shutterstock)

Sleep and mental health are closely connected. People who suffer from mental health issues are likely to suffer from insomnia as well. Avoid looking at your phone or laptop right before you sleep because the blue light they emit can lead to struggles in falling asleep. Also, get at least 7 hours of sleep for you to stay fresh the next day and try to keep your bedroom free from distractions and the least amount of sunlight to fall asleep faster.

6. Find A Hobby

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Pick up a hobby like painting, singing, dancing or even exercising. These hobbies will enhance your creativity, leaving you to feel a sense of achievement and positivity.

7. Reach Out

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Don’t be afraid to talk to your loved ones or anyone you feel comfortable talking to. There are also many helplines you can call that’ll help you cope with the way you feel.

8. Get A Pet

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The benefits of getting a pet are many. Studies show that owning a pet can help reduce stress, anxiety and depression. They also are great companions to beat loneliness.

So, if you’re feeling down and out, don’t feel afraid to speak to someone about it and reach out for help. As it is rightly said, pain is reduced when shared.

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