Mental health: Tips for preserving a healthy mind


Are you interested in how you can
maintain a healthy mind to keep your
body healthy? These are practical tips for maintaining
a healthy mind
•Make sure you’re getting enough
rest- Sleep is the body’s way of
recharging, meaning that sleep
doesn’t only increase your energy—it
actually boosts your mental health. •Forgive yourself for past mistakes –
Messing up is a part of life, and mental
health requires understanding that
and moving past mistakes in our lives.
Is there a mistake or regret that eats at
you? Let. It. Go.
•Find a good support system –
Whether family, friends, a church, or
something else, find a group of people
who are willing to love you for who
you are. This boosts resilience and
helps to provide perspective in the midst of stress and pain.
•Eat healthy – Invest time in learning
which kinds of foods bring you “up”
and which kinds bring you “down.”
Committing to a diet can make you feel
good about yourself, give you a sense
of self-improvement, and boost your sense of accomplishment. •Exercise – Regularly exercising can
help to cut back stress in your life,
releasing pent up energy as you work
your body. Exercise releases
endorphins, chemicals in the brain that
energize us.
•Leave some time for leisure – Make
sure you allow time in your schedule
for whatever causes you to relax.
Maybe it’s watching movies or
completing crossword puzzles or
walking outside. Make time for the things you know relax you. •Stay away from drugs and alcohol –
When you consume cigarettes, illegal
drugs, and alcohol, these drugs
tamper with your mental health,
decreasing mental stability and giving
you false positive emotions.
•Commit to helping others – You can
build self-esteem and self-worth by
regularly pouring out your energy
and talents to help others.
Volunteering is another activity that
releases endorphins, boosting your mood. •Learn something new – Part of what
makes us human is our tendency to
challenge ourselves. Challenge
yourself to learn something new—
maybe a new skill, sport, or game. •Find a good listener, and return the
favour – Find one person who is
willing to listen to you vent and talk
freely. It can also relieve stress to form
a listening partnership, where the two
of you share on a regular basis. •Make the decision not to worry –
Worry will consume your mind if you
let it, but you can also train yourself to
avoid worry, to choose a life without
anxiety. Ask God to help you not to
worry. •Do things that engage your senses –
Each day, perform one task that
engages each of your senses: sight,
touch, smell, sound, and taste.
Engaging your senses helps you to
live in the moment and focus on the present.
•Leave time for nothing – Make sure
your schedule has a little room for free
time: time that is unbudgeted. Use that
time for meditation, prayer, or
relaxation exercises.
•Cut out late-night TV and computer
use – Studies have shown that
watching TV and using a computer
late at night can cause depressive
symptoms.
•Work to understand what stresses
you – Understand your stressors and
be able to recognize how you need to
react. Be informed about what is
happening in your mind and body. •Give and receive compliments – Find
reasons to praise people, and be
willing to accept people’s praises of
you. This will help you to appreciate
the good in those around you and
recognize it in yourself.
•Leave time to laugh – Try to laugh
hysterically every day. Feed yourself
funny things, allowing your mind to
decompress from time to time. •Accept that there are some things
you cannot change – A lot of anxiety
stems from trying to change things
beyond our control. Recognizing that
some things are beyond our control is
a key to a healthy, anxiety-free mind.
•Talk to God about where you’re at –
Interact with God in prayer on a daily
basis and allow God to be a part of
your stress-reduction strategy. He’s
been doing it for thousands of years—
He’s got a little more practice than you do

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