Emotional Self-Care is a precursor to a better life. Taking a few minutes to jot down your thoughts is a great way to alleviate stress. There are many benefits of taking a few minutes daily to write down in a journal. When you write down your thoughts, you get a better understanding because they are tangible and seem less ephemeral. Studies show, depression, stress and anxiety are lessened when putting your thoughts on paper. It provides an opportunity to self-talk and become cognizant of negative thoughts.
A nutritious healthy diet is just as important as being physically active. Having a well balanced, nutritious diet affects mental health. Recent studies have shown, “A healthy diet can boost brain function and improve mood”. Furthermore, being deficient in nutrients can contribute and exacerbate underlying mental health concerns. The cliche “you are what you eat” holds validity. Having too much sugar, artificial flavors and processed foods create havoc on your health. “Studies have proven a connection between diets that are high in refined sugars and impaired brain function, including symptoms of mood disorders like depression”. Loading up on fruits and vegetables is the way to go along with an active lifestyle.
Research has shown numerous health benefits in those who devote some time to spirituality. It quiets the mind and calms matters during tumultuous times. It is grounding and provides solace. “People who meditate have increased activity in a “feel-good” area of the brain”. It can simply mean calming the noise and being grateful. In essence, this decreases stress which is the culprit for many diseases.
Human beings are social creatures. The amount of socializing varies person to person but everyone craves human interaction. It is important to foster strong relationships and have close ties with a few people you trust and can talk to, laugh with and vent. Studies have shown, “friendships boost your happiness and reduce stress”. There are many benefits of spending time with good friends. Not only is it a great change but also boosts your confidence, advances your social skills and it also sharpens your skills on how to communicate with others.
There are many activities you can do that will help sharpen your mental capabilities. As we age our minds also get dull and slow down. Challenging ourselves in new activities creates new neurological pathways and keeps our minds sharp. Learning a new language, playing a new instrument and involving yourself in new activities serve as great ways to keep the mind young and healthy.