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5 TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

The word health comes from the root word whole. That means feeling healthy means to be complete, a sense of wholeness. For this to happen our body should be vibrant, our mind should be joyful and our emotion exuberant - only then do you feel that sense of wholeness.

Eating the right food and getting out and about are really important. If not you're heading for ill-health both physically and psychologically. If you can achieve this you will be a reasonably healthy human who can live life fully.


These are the topics we will cover in this post.

  1. Use your body

  2. Connect with nature

  3. Eat the right food

  4. Look after your microbiome

  5. Take steps to take care of your wellbeing.


TIP NO. 1

USE YOUR BODY.

woman doing exercise outside

Essentially within a human being there is a certain allocation of energy for action, a certain allocation of energy for intellect and a certain allocation for emotion. This differs from person to person. The amount allocated to physical and emotional dimension are being completely unused in today's world and this can be a main contributor towards depression. I can see it all starting with the children that are brought to me with all kinds of emotional conditions and continuing all the way through to adulthood. Often I will recommend that they get involved in some sort of activity that they will enjoy. Anything ranging from sports, swimming, music, dance even outside play for some. Introducing this into their lives shows about an 80-85% recovery within about 3 months which is an absolute joy to witness. If we don’t find an expression of our emotional dimension through the release of the physical body it is easy to start feeling the onset of depression and anxiety.


TIP NO. 2

CONNECT WITH NATURE.

A boy looking at a dragonfly that has landed on his hand

In today's world watching the sunrise often means watching it on a screen. Losing connection with all that supports and manages our life leaves us with serious challenges. Taking a breather like a holiday or even a day off should simply be taking time out to spend in nature. Spending slow contemplative time in a forest, dipping your toes in a stream or watching the clouds roll by has been scientifically proven to improve physical and emotional wellbeing. Seeing how animated and joyous a child becomes when being allowed the freedom to explore nature is a reminder of how connected we are with our natural surroundings. We need to pay close attention to the fact that our physical, psychological and physiological health can easily be managed if we stay in touch with all the elements of nature: water, soil, light, sounds and fragrance. The more we are exposed, the more balanced we are.

TIP NO. 3

EAT FOOD THAT ENHANCES YOUR BODY AND MIND.

A colorful bowl of different healthy foods each taking up its own section with a dipping sauce in the middle. a gold knife and fork is to the right of the bowl resting on a grey cloth

Your brain isn't a computer, it's an organ of your body that gets stronger or weaker depending upon how you feed it. What you eat has a massive impact not only on your body, but on your brain and your emotions. Before you eat anything, take a moment to ask: Does this fuel my body or hurt my body? Are you feeding your body food that is high in nutritional value? Eating the right foods in the right amounts will help you stay healthier, and will also fine-tune your brain cells for a life of mental agility and emotional wellbeing. The right diet can help you stay focused, energetic, mentally sharp, which inturn leads to less anxiety and depression.

There are plenty of tasty and healthy alternatives at your local grocery store. You just have to know what to look for. Always opt for fresh food, stay away from processed and refined foods. Berries and dark chocolate can satisfy sweet tooth cravings and nuts for snacking. Don’t forget your omega requirements and to drink plenty of water and herbal teas.



TIP NO. 4

HEALTHY MICROBIOME.

Two people happily cooking food together in a frying pan

Our digestive system plays a crucial role in maintaining overall health for our body and mind. This begins at the mouth and moves through the various organs until it is circulated around the body to give us energy. That is why it is essential that we have a healthy digestive system to have optimum physical and mental health. Achieving this includes eating the right foods, moving and being relaxed when sitting down to a meal. It is important to source fresh ingredients that are grown ethically to prepare at home. It has been proven that the preparation of meals gets the digestive system ready to receive and digest the meal and sitting down to enjoy the meal with no distractions will open all the senses, relaxing and finding enjoyment in the process which is vital to a healthy digestive system. If it is possible to enjoy two meals a day one at around 10am and again at around 7pm the strain on the digestive system is taken away and the body also benefits from the intermittent fasting period.


TIP NO. 5

GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP.

A woman sleeping peacefully in on a grey pillow and a grey blanket is pulled up covering half her face

Getting enough sleep is important for people of all ages to stay in good health. Learn how much sleep you need.

People often cut back on their sleep for work, for family demands, or even to watch a good show on television. But if not getting enough sleep is a regular part of your routine, you may be at an increased risk for obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, poor mental health, and even early death. Getting enough sleep is important, but good sleep quality is also essential. Signs of poor sleep quality include feeling sleepy or tired even after getting enough sleep, repeatedly waking up during the night, and having symptoms of a sleep disorder (such as snoring or gasping for air). Better sleep habits may improve the quality of your sleep.

These are some habits which might help to Improve Your Sleep

Be consistent. Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning, including on the weekends. Make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark, relaxing, and at a comfortable temperature. Remove electronic devices such as TVs, computers, and phones from the bedroom and remember to turn off the blue light on your screen at least 2 hours prior to sleep. Avoid large meals, caffeine, and alcohol before bedtime. And again, getting some exercise during the day. Being physically active during the day can help you fall asleep more easily at night.

These are a few things that you can utilize right now to take care of your health and wellbeing. Your body, mind, emotion and energy.If you can manage these well they will produce a good quality of life. If you have a healthy body and mind you will live a life that will lead to stable and uplifted emotions. And you can have fun along the way implementing them. This will lead to an effervescent energy which will further enhance your quality of life. Putting in the effort at the beginning to take care of these parts of your life will bring about mental peace, joy and emotional stability which is the balance we all need to feel complete and able to live life to the full.



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