Both physical and mental health are equally important. We usually talk about physical well-being and neglect our brain’s health. Mental illnesses are stigmatized a lot in our society. But now, it’s time to speak about our mental health.Therefore,hBeere are some ways to stay in good mental health.
Statistical data shows that approximately 26%(1 out of 4 people )of American adults suffer from mental ailments. While in Pakistan, 10% to 16% of the population, that is more than 14 million, needs psychiatric aid.
Mental disorders such as schizophrenia, eating, and personality disorders are common. Anxiety disorder (3.76%) is a major mental issue worldwide, followed by depression(3.44%). In Pakistan depression(6%), schizophrenia(1.5%), and epilepsy(1 to 2%) are prevalent.
Don’t stigmatize mental illness!
If someone is suffering from a mental ailment, it doesn’t mean that the person is mad. Instead, we should talk about the underlying causes. Take care of those who are suffering instead of stigmatizing them.
We also need to stop believing in supernatural powers. They might exist, but we are confusing them with something that needs attention. Don’t rely on backward practices to make the actual problem worse.
How to take care of mental health?
Following are the seven ways to stay in good mental health.
Be Open and accept yourself
Start taking care of your mental health by accepting yourself and your feelings. Don’t suppress your emotions. If you feel bad about yourself or something you have done, then go and confront those emotions and accept them. Be open to yourself first, then to the rest. Be just the way you are, don’t pretend to be something or someone else. If you are sad, then feel that sadness and express it to relieve the cognitive stress.
Don’t burden your brain by suppressing your sentiments. Accepting yourself will make you look even more confident and healthy. That’s the first step to keep your brain in good shape.
Many of our health problems are stress-related. We worry about things over which we have no control. Let the things go, the way they are going.
In stressful situations, try to act wisely but taking control of your emotions. Don’t let emotions control you. It is a key to a healthy lifestyle and one of the best ways to stay in good mental health.
Think Positive and stay positive
Negative thinking severely damages the brain by its negative impacts. Research studies suggest that negative thoughts vanish the brain’s ability to ponder, think, judge, and reason. It also lessens the brain’s ability to form memories and increases the risk of dementia.
On the other hand, positive thinking impacts our mental health positively. Positive thinking gives the feeling of well-being and happiness by increasing the production of serotonin and dopamines.
Reduce prolonged screen time
Prolonged screen time is one of the reasons behind the increasing health disorders. Enhanced screen times are affecting both physical and mental health.
It is diminishing our learning and cognitive abilities. A prolonged screen time is making us emotionally weak and detached from our surroundings. It is necessary to reduce screen times to keep the brain in better and healthy condition.
Mediation is a way to strengthen your mental health and boost the functioning of the brain. Meditating daily for five minutes will release a lot of stress from your mind. It will make your brain shaper with enhanced cognitive abilities and improved social skills.
Keep your circle clean
For a healthy lifestyle, it is necessary to keep your circle clean. In simple words, surround yourself with people who inspire you. Make you feel good and give positive vibes. For a healthy life, good company matters a lot. Avoid people with negative energies to keep yourself mentally healthy.
Stay close to nature
Last but not least, staying close to nature is the best solution for better mental health. It not only improves your mood but also increases your creativity and makes you feel alive. It also reduces anger, anxiety, stress, and other mental problems. So, come out and enjoy nature to get more of its benefits.
Follow these seven steps because these are the best ways to stay in good mental health and live a healthy lifestyle.
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