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Aspects of Life You Must Change If You Want To Keep Your Mental Health Balanced

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Balanced mental health is crucial for living a happy and fulfilling life. It influences every aspect of your life from the way you think to the way you behave. Mental health has a say in how you deal with stress, handle ups and downs, and build and maintain relationships day in day out. To get the most out of your life, you have to make it a priority. Here is some advice on how to change your habits and balance your mental health better.

 

Stay in Shape 

Studies suggest people who regularly exercise are always in a good mood. Namely, during regular physical activity, the body releases endorphins, chemicals that are responsible for making us feel good and positive. Exercise also does wonders for self-esteem, focus, and quality of sleep. More importantly, not only does it keep you fit but also helps you blow off some steam and get rid of pent up negative energy and frustrations. Therefore, your stress levels significantly reduce, and you feel relaxed and peaceful. Exercising for 20 to 30 minutes a day can help you feel good about yourself and put a smile on your face. If you don’t like to go to the gym or do sports, you can go for walks, ride a bicycle or do some yoga or Pilates.

 

Think About Remote Work 

Fixed working hours, heavy workload, or hostile work environment might be the reasons why you feel stressed or anxious most of the time. If that is the case, then you should think about working remotely or starting your own remote business. Imagine how much pressure it would take off you. If you decide to become a remote employee, you have to stay in touch with managers and coworkers. By staying in touch, you have access to timely updates and information you need to do your job right. An intranet is the best way to stay connected with others. It is easy to use and allows you to communicate both formally and informally with everyone from work. This way, you spare yourself any anxiety you might feel if you have problems with the tasks or deadlines.

Surround Yourself with Positive and Friendly People

If you are experiencing mental health issues, your surroundings might be the cause. For example, if petty people, gossip, haters, and drama queens surround you, you can’t expect to thrive in such an oppressive environment. To stay healthy mentally, you should get rid of negative people in your life and surround yourself with more positive and friendlier ones. You need supportive, emphatic, understanding, and above all, loving and kind people. All you have to do is interact with them even for a few minutes, and you will immediately feel more relaxed and at ease.

 

Practice Mindfulness or Meditation 

Meditation or any other relaxation technique can help you find your inner peace and stability. Moreover, research has shown meditation is effective in battling depression, anxiety, and chronic pain, among other diseases. However, most relaxation techniques don’t produce results right away. It is going to take a while before you learn how to mediate properly. For starters, you can dedicate a few minutes every day to meditation. Later on, you can increase and practice it for 15 or 20 minutes. You can meditate alone or sign up for a meditation class if you need some guidance. Either way, you will have to focus on your breathing and bring back the balance to your mind and body.

 

Take Care of Yourself

For balanced mental health, it is paramount that you take good care of yourself. For example, drink plenty of water and other fluids throughout the day. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid junk food, sweets, drugs, and alcohol. Make sure you get a good eight hours of sleep every night. Spend some time outside every day, soak up the sun, and breathe fresh air. Find some time during the day to take part in an activity you like and enjoy. For instance, watch a movie or a TV show, read a book, take a bubble bath, dance, or get a soothing massage.

 

Vary Your Routine 

Sticking to a routine is both good and bad for your mental health. Good because it gives you some structure, and bad because you become too comfortable without making any progress. For this reason, taking a break from your routine every once in a while, seems like a good idea. For instance, spend your lunch break in a new restaurant or have a coffee in a different coffee shop. Try taking your walks in another park or go to a yoga retreat. You can even skip some of your regular household chores and errands. If you feel like you need to take a day off from all duties and responsibilities, then do it.

Indulge yourself for a day. Your mental health will appreciate it.

 

About The Author

Morgan Rose Elliott is an aromatherapist, yoga instructor, animal lover, a happily married mother of three. She enjoys reading biographies and writing poems, sunny days on the beach and any shape and form of vanilla. Crazy about the ’80s, her favorite band is Duran Duran (although kids prefer Franz Ferdinand, and the husband Blink182) and she is obsessed with Netflix original Stranger things. Follow her on twitter

 


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