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Our overall wellness and well-being are vitalfor good health, and taking good care of our mental health can keep us healthy and happy. To get the most from life, you must look after your mental health with as much importance as you look after your physical health. Unless you are in the right frame of mind, you can never lead a healthy and happy life. Having a positive outlook in life takes care of our emotional and social well-being, which adds up to our overall wellness and well-being. In addition, the state of your mental health determines how you relate to others, how you handle stress, and influence the choices you make in life.

Right from childhood through the various stages of our lives, mental health is critically important. Here are some activities that can help improve your overall psychological or mental well-being.

Get enough sleep – An adult must have good, undisturbed sleep for 7-8 hours every night. Ensuring good sleep helps to distress the body and mind so that you can wake up the next morning fresh as a lily. As a result, your body gets the time to recover from fatigue, and you are ready for the challenges of the day.

Enjoy the small things – When your mind undergoes stress, turn to some innocuous things around you and pay attention to them. For example, while taking a break from the walk, wander in your garden or walk down the road to enjoy and appreciate the beauty of the trees and flowers that helps to unwind.

Open up and share photos– Stay connected with people who share a similar mindset as yours and use Instagram to release the stress.  Studies show that photo-sharing stimulates mental health and releases stress.

Use some stress reliever – To prevent stress from affecting your mental health, use some stress reliever like the stress ball that you can keep pressing hard intermittently to release your frustrations.

Show kindness–When you express your kindness by being kind to others and volunteer to help others, it improves your self-esteem.  The act of kindness generates a sense of self-empowerment and social connectivity, which greatly enhances self-esteem. In addition, as you volunteer to help others, it drives away depressions and loneliness.

Exercise – Exercising improves the function of the body and takes care of your cardiovascular health, lowers blood pressure, and rejuvenates the mind as you are more confident of overcoming all kinds of challenges. Regular exercises stabilize the mind and reduce anxiety and depression.

Besides doing physical exercise, deep breathing exercises that relax the body and mind lower your blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing rate. In addition, deep breathing tranquilizes the mind and helps to stay in control of your surroundings, thereby preventing stress build-up.

Have pet dogs – Dogs can act as therapeutic tools, and it is a common method to improve your emotional help with the help of therapy dogs. The companionship of pet dogs comforts the mind and provides emotional support to its owner. Every time you pat your pet dog, it improves mental health.

Yoga–Practice Yoga every day as it is a proven tool for reducing anxiety and depression that builds stress. By keeping stress and anxiety under control, Yoga modulates the body’s stress response system. Select some easy to do Yoga exercises as these are equally effective in stress control like the complex maneuvers.

Eat healthy – Eating healthy, nutritious, and well-chosen food together with plenty of fluids takes good care of your mental health. Foods rich in omega3 fatty acids and some other foods have been shown to reduce symptoms of depression, schizophrenia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and other mental issues.

Stay connected – Loneliness is dangerous because it increases mental stress. Therefore, stay connected with people, physically or through digital media and phone, so that you can vent your feelings and share your experiences with others to get some comfort in realizing that there are people who care for you.

Talk about your feelings – When you talk about your feelings to others, it is a way to cope with your problems as it can make you feel that you have some help around and you are not alone. In addition, the more you open up more relieved you will feel as the pent-up stress find a way to get out.

Drink sensibly – Alcohol can help to relax and relieve some mental stress by driving away loneliness, but you must have complete control over the consumption. Consider it as a medication and stick to some fixed dosage that helps optimal relaxation without losing control.

Take a break – Monotony that develops due to following a routine daily without any break causes too much emotional stress as you feel tied down too much. Therefore, take a periodic break from the routine work by moving away from the place or changing the pace of work. For example, move out from the kitchen and take a break or go for some weekend trip to break the cycle of monotony.

Pursue some hobby – Pursuing some hobby cuts the chain of monotony and depression and feels like a gush of fresh air that renews your interest in life. Hobbies distract you from mundane activities and energize your mind as you feel the satisfaction of doing something that you love.  If you do not have any hobby, then do something that you are good at.

Care for others– To keep up relationships with people who matter to you most, you must show your care for them so that it triggers a reciprocating action. Having friends is really important as you can open your heart to them and even support them when they need your help. In addition, doing something for your friends will uplift your mind.

Avoid unhelpful coping strategies – Avoid the lure of finding easy solutions to deal with stressful situations by taking up alcohol, smoking tobacco, or other recreational drugs. These substances are dangerous as it damages your mental and physical health.

Care for your body – Nurture a healthy body that houses a healthy mind helps to cope with stress more effectively. In addition, having a nutritious and balanced diet by avoiding caffeine and alcohol helps to reduce stress and have a good sleep that refreshes the mind.

Avoid information overload– Dealing with too much information taxes the brain and causes fatigue, and it impairs your decision-making abilities, making you feel helpless. This leads to stress build-up. Consume information carefully by accessing information from authentic sources only and discarding everything else.

Walking – Walking is one of the best exercises that not only improves your physical health but also relieves mental stress as you wander outside and look around the world to enjoy small things that soothe your mind.

All the above activities will help you see the world from a different angle that gives the opportunity to find the right perspective about the problems that we are facing. The sense of bonding drives away the feeling of helplessness when stress gets the better of you and distorts your frame of mind.  Learning to look at the bigger picture of life will relieve stress as you know how to focus on the brighter side of life.