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Boost Your Mental Health Right Now

How to Boost Your Mental Health Right Now

Mental health is about your general psychological state. It determines the way you perceive yourself and how you handle daily challenges in your life. The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the mental health of many individuals. With the lockdowns and loss of jobs, many individuals have suffered mentally. Whereas seeking professional help is necessary, there are ways you can boost your mental health right now.

Here are habits to boost your mental health right now.

1. Exercise

Studies have shown that the human body produces stress-soothing and mood-lifting endorphins before and after you exercise. For this reason, exercises are considered a powerful tool against depression, anxiety, and stress. Create some time to have simple exercises daily to boost your mental health.

nutrition2. Eat Healthy Foods

The food you consume plays a major role in nurturing your body and brain. Consuming carbohydrates in low quantities boosts serotonin, a substance that has a soothing impact on your mood. Taking foods rich in protein boosts tyrosine, norepinephrine, and dopamine that make you alert. Ensure you also consume vegetables, fruits, and foods rich in Omega-3 as they enhance mood and revive the brain cells structure.

3. Get Enough Sleep

Studies have revealed that lack of enough sleep has a negative impact on your mood. Make it a habit to go to sleep at a specific time daily, and ensure you switch off lights to get better sleep. Avoid habits that can hinder you from getting enough sleep, such as drinking coffee before going to bed. Getting enough sleep means your brains will function properly and thus boost your mental well-being.

4. Think Positively

The way people think about themselves has a big impact on how they feel and behave. If people think and perceive their lives negatively, they will have experiences that align with their thoughts. Therefore, having positive thoughts about yourself can boost positive energy and help you boost your mental health.

Overly, it is your responsibility to take care of your mental health. Even though life is difficult at times, developing positive habits that boost your moods and feelings is necessary. Always create time to exercise, eat healthy foods, get enough sleep, and think positively about life. In the end, you will boost your feelings and your mental well-being.

 

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Slow Down

The Importance of Slowing Down

The Importance of Slowing Down

Everyone experiences the urge to do more, succeed, go faster, and surpass their expectation. Many people believe that working more hours and taking minimal rests is equivalent to success. This is not usually true. Ask experts and successful people, and they’ll tell you that taking time to do nothing makes a huge part of your success story. As far as you need to work hard to achieve your goals, taking a break before you experience total burnout is very important. Here are some of the reasons why you need to slow down.

Your Health Matters

You won’t realize that working too hard without breaks is affecting your health until you collapse at work and you have nothing else to do but fight for your life. It’s not news to see people fainting at work due to burnout. You don’t want to be one of them. Your body, mind, and spirit need to take a break if you want to be more productive and successful. Take time to entertain yourself, cook, and hang out with friends.

Slow Down and Make Better Decisions

When you’re tired, even your decisions will look and sound tired. Making better decisions needs a fresh and active brain. Taking time to slow down even when you have tight deadlines gives you time to rest and meditate. Resting restores your mental health which in turn helps you make better decisions. When you take time to slow down, you will resume work fresher and work better, faster, and be more effective.

Slow DownEnjoy the Beauty of Life

You need to switch off that hustle mode and start enjoying the beauty of life. When you’re always buried in your work, sometimes the only words that come out of your mouth often are ‘I’m busy’, you will forget that there’s the other side of life that exists. We have only one life, and if you spend all of it working, then you won’t live to appreciate the world. You need to slow down, take time off, and have fun. Hung out with friends or take a vacation with your family. You need to know the other side of life apart from just working.

There are several reasons you need to step out of that hustle mode and restore your calm. Don’t be that kind of a person that feels useless when you’re not doing anything. Slowing down and taking a rest is not equivalent to being lazy but a sign that you care about your mental health.

 

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Managing stress

Top ways to Manage and Reduce Stress

Managing Stress

Living with high levels of stress may not only have an impact on your productivity at the workplace but also can contribute to mental illness. If stress keeps increasing, it puts a damper on your body and can weaken your immune system, making you unable to think clearly and hence depriving you of a happy mood. If the situation continues for an extended period of time, you are likely to fall into depression. There is definitely no gain to living in a stressful situation.  Try to get control of your situation and manage your stress to make your life joyous again.

Top tips for managing stress

1. Find the source of your stressful situation

You will only be able to solve your problem if you understand its cause. Try to narrow down your habits and find the exact cause of your stress. You may be going through a divorce, getting pressure from your workplace or even finding a difficult time repaying your bank loan. Simply try to find the cause of the stress to help understand the appropriate solution to manage your stress.

2. Use the 4A’s techniques to manage your stress

The 4 A’s includes avoiding, alteration, adapting, and acceptance in an aim to get control of your stressful thoughts. You need to avoid unhealthy habits that are likely to increase stressful moments in your life, such as alcohol or drugs.  Avoiding a stressful situation is not always possible, so learn to alter the situation if you find it hard to avoid it. You may change how you communicate with others or even try to create a balanced schedule for your day to day activities.

Adapt to your situation. Try to live positively and appreciate everything that you are able to do even if you are not perfect at it.

Convince yourself to accept the things that you can’t change on your own.

Managing stress

3. Exercise to relieve stress

Getting some sort of workout is among the best ways to keep your body active and free from distractions as well as keeping your mind relaxed to focus on positive thoughts. You may also consider taking a walk or even dancing around just to keep your body in motion.

At times you may find it challenging to take control of your stressful thoughts. However, these tips highlighted here should guide you through managing your stress to protect your mental health and live a happy life.

 

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Coping with being quarantined with teens or tweens

How to Cope with being Quarantined with Teens or Tweens

How to Cope with being Quarantined with Teens or Tweens

The coronavirus has people quarantined at home by law and this can have families frustrated. Families are stuck at home together, and if you are quarantined with teens or tweens, you all may be having a difficult time coping with this new reality. Typically, parents and their children are away from each other for a healthy amount of time each day as teens go to school and parents go to work. Today with the new pandemic, we all are stuck at home. Going to the mall, hanging out with friends, and leaving the house is no longer allowed. If you are quarantined with teens or tweens, here are some things you can do to help you both cope.

#1) Connect Virtually

It is important for everyone in the family to stay virtually connected to their friends and family who lives further away. The disease cannot be spread through the phone, computer, or other devices so there is no reason to not use them. Allow your children to spend time with friends virtually for a healthy amount of time each day. You should also use these devices to connect with extended family.

#2) Have Alone Time

While it would be nice to spend every minute with your child and find out everything about their lives, this is not how to cope with being quarantined. Everyone needs alone time and teens are no different. Make sure you give your teens and tweens some alone time throughout the day where they can reflect and rest.

#3) Talk About How To Copetalking with daughter

If you are quarantined with teens you are both likely having trouble coping. You should talk with them about how to cope with difficult situations. You can use this time during the coronavirus to teach your children about life lessons. Helping them understand different methods of coping can help them in the long run.

#4) Take On A New Challenge

If you have been looking for a new project to do around the house this may be the perfect time to do it. Get your children involved and use it as a bonding experience. They may end up liking it more than you thought possible.

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