We understand that life is an amalgamation of profound problems, be lack of interest or motivation for your work, family distress, financial difficulties, or any other. We can state that life is a struggle, bouncing from one high to another low. But are there any tricks hidden somewhere in the pandora's box that can help us stay on top of this game? We researched and created a list of some healthy practices which will boost your confidence to tackle these problems head-on and lead to better mental health.
- Embrace your Friends - Humans are social animals, and we acknowledge that we all need some support now and then from our network. Going out for dinner or just casually hanging out with friends can replenish your mental energy and regulate your mood. And remember, a good friend with whom you can share your heart out without any fear of judgment is as valuable as gold.
- Harbour a Hobby - Indulging in hobbies can be as rewarding as meditation or talking to your loved ones. Take out the book that you always wanted to read but have not got the time to, brush the dust off your guitar, and get going.
- Practice Mindful Living - Meditating regularly not only helps you calm your anxieties but also reduces stress. You can increase your attention span, control blood pressure, and even improve sleep by putting yourself into the habit of meditating. You can start by trying a 5 minute guided meditation video, and we are sure it will become a part of your daily rituals.
- Intimate Relationships - We can't stress the importance of intimate relationships enough and their impact on your mental health. Navigating through a relationship can be a tight rope walk sometimes. You have got to remind yourself that relationships are not a contest to win. You have to be open to compromises and let your partner have a say. Listen to their problems, help them out whenever you can, surprise them with a cup of morning tea, and see how that impacts your mood.
- Your Perfect Job - Happiness at the workplace should not be defined by the difficulty of your job. Instead, it should be defined by how you feel after solving those difficult problems. Monitor if you enjoy doing what you do, otherwise make a plan and try to switch to a career that satisfies your soul.
- Get a Routine Going - Your body likes to be in a state of inertia disrupting which with irregular sleep patterns and habits can impact your hormones that inevitably affects your mental health. Make a routine. You don't have to wake up at 5 am, get up at 9 am, or whatever time that suits you, and plan your day. Make a to-do list and let that dopamine release every time you get something done.
- Eat well and limit Alcohol - The plethora of mental health problems have to do with poor eating and drinking habits. Try to limit your alcohol intake and replace that cheeseburger with a healthy and nutritious salad.
- Journal your feelings - Your diary can be your best friend. You can start by writing about your day in a journal, and when it feels more natural, you can try sharing your fears, dreams, and feelings.
- Talk - Talking about your problems with a friend or family member can be particularly helpful when nothing is going right, and all you need is some help and guidance.
- Reward Yourself - Don't be so hard on yourself; you can reward yourself after a productive day with some chocolate or any other indulgence of your choice. Remember that life is a journey, so you might as well enjoy it while you have the time.
Bonus PointBe Someone's Guiding Light - Most times we hardly ever think about problems others are facing in their life. We are stuck up on our misery, and sometimes we do more harm than good by overthinking. We think we listen, but very rarely do we listen with real understanding, true empathy. Yet listening, of this very special kind, is one of the most potent forces for change that I know. We must take the time out to help someone who is in a worse state than you are. Empathy helps people to make social relations with others. By knowing what people think and feel, people are able to react adequately to social circumstances. Research has shown that having social relations is important for both physical and psychological well-being.