In my last post I emphasized the importance of good mental health, encouraging everyone to take stock of your present situation and do what’s necessary to preserve your mental well being. Taking care of your mental well being does not always necessarily mean having to go to a shrink for help, though in some cases it really is needed or simply better. It’s also not entirely about getting a mind reset, although learning to think positively is paramount to good mental health. What people often do not realize is just how much taking care of your physical health can help your mental state. After all, being sick (and sickly) will surely affect you mentally. Small steps like the ones listed below might seem trivial, but can help you a long way in achieving a healthier and happier life:
- Eat right – Yes, we all know the (physical) health benefits of eating right, but I’m also sure you’ve heard that some food can help you get out of a rut. If you’re feeling down, eat some dark chocolate to help lift your mood. If your nerves are frayed, drink some chamomile tea. These may sound like some old wives tales, but the food you eat really do matter since they react chemically with your body. Research on the specific kind of food that might help you get through credit report online your day. Eat right not just for your body, but also for your peace of mind.
- Get moving – I’m not even referring to an all out exercise regimen. If you’re stuck, just get moving. You can stretch, take a walk, do some chores, or even just dance. The point is to get your blood pumping leaving you feeling energized and better able to cope with mental stressors.
- Use water – Whether you opt to take a shower, dive into the pool, drink a glass of water, or listen to some water soundtrack, you will find that just getting close to water in some way will probably help you calm down and refresh you mentally. I have no idea why this is, but it just is.
- Prettify yourself – This isn’t just for women or for vain people. No matter how much we may say that true beauty is more than just outward appearance, the fact remains that we generally feel a little better about ourselves when we look our best. You don’t have to compete with anyone. The point here is to be clean, presentable, and dress up in a way that will make you feel empowered.
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Originally posted on February 10, 2012 @ 12:08 pm