Top 10 tips to keep your mind healthy

Here are 10 rules to stay mentally healthy and face life’s challenges with a more positive attitude. For this to happen, it is essential that your brain can identify when something is not right, whether on an emotional, mental, or even physical level. Treat yourself well and your health will improve.

1- Self Care

Take care of yourself, focus on yourself and pamper all the dimensions of yourself, the emotional, physical and social, all of which are essential for our mental balance.

2- Moments of pleasure

Allow yourself to have moments of pleasure, organize your day and incorporate pleasant moments into it, doing what you love most. It may only be 10 or 15 minutes, but it will make all the difference in your day-to-day life and mood.

3-Have a healthy

diet A balanced diet has direct implications for our bodies. We all know different diseases that arise as a result of dietary errors. Today it is known that there are foods that promote the proper functioning of various organs, including the brain, and which are often in deficit in our body.

There are more and more studies linking depressive states and dementia processes with nutritional failures. So, yes, indisputably, it is crucial to pay attention to food in order to maintain a healthy mind.

4-Do physical exercise

It is very important to practice physical exercise, preferably doing something that you can identify with. Today, there is a diversity of sports and exercise suggestions – even online – that allow you to choose according to what you like best. It has been proven that the practice of physical exercise has implications for the prevention of various diseases, whether cardiovascular, various types of cancer, diabetes, anxiety, and depressive disorders, among others, which are reflected in the quality of life and mental health of humans.

It is also known that physical exercise has an effect on our mind, as it improves cognitive functions and emotional states. In a simple way, during physical exercise, there is an increase in the activity of the cells that make up the central nervous system and that are essential for the proper functioning of our body. The role of physical exercise is so important for our health that a national plan is in progress, which stems from an international objective, aimed at promoting physical activity in the population and in different age groups.

5- Break routines

Whenever you can break your daily routine. Although routines are essential for our self-regulation, it is very important that you interrupt them to get around the saturation of the tasks that are being imposed on you.

6- Maintain and encourage contact with family and your circle of friends

It is also essential to always maintain close contact with those you love most, from family to friends. In this pandemic phase, it is difficult to have physical contact, but technologies are increasingly democratized and help both to overcome distances and to nurture emotional connections. Share feelings, verbalize what you feel and you will see that you will feel much better.

7-Never, but never forget emotions

Emotions are crucial in mental health, first of all, because they are more difficult to control and, for this reason, they often manifest themselves in inevitable bodily sensations, whether it be a tightness in the chest, an increased heart rate, or simple facial flushing. Emotions are triggered by a lot of what we see, hear, feel and think, and often lead to difficulty in distinguishing them from feelings, as they follow one another. That is: emotion causes feelings, and these are reflected in thoughts and behavior. It is a process that occurs in a circle as if some feed each other.

If I am in love, joy will be the emotion that invades me. If, on the contrary, I feel rejected, the emotion will be one of sadness and anguish.
If in your day-to-day life, negative emotions prevail, be aware, it could be an indicator that your mental health is not so good.

8- The importance of controlling stress

The epidemic of the 21st century, as they call it, is the cause of countless illnesses and states of anxiety and sadness that are sometimes uncontrollable. It is already known that if stress levels go beyond what is normal, they can give rise to various problems such as headaches, muscle pain, gastrointestinal disorders, weight loss, and insomnia) or emotional problems (anxiety, sadness, irritability, impulsivity, difficulty relaxing, isolation, low self-esteem, anger).

9- Sleep and rest: our greatest ally

Sleep is really very important, which is proven by the fact that there are many disorders, for example, depressive and anxiety, which are triggered by changes in the sleep pattern. We can exemplify this with usual cases of a few hours of sleep or sleep interrupted by several awakenings. This is very common, for example, in people who work shifts or in parents with babies who force them to have intermittent sleep.
It is important to realize that, during sleep, essential processes occur for the best functioning of the body and, as such, it is essential that the various stages of sleep are covered.

One of the processes that can be highlighted is the consolidation of memory, which is absolutely decisive in learning efforts. It is precise during sleep that we recover energy and strengthens the organism, and a direct relationship can be established between organic, physical and mental consequences and (whether greater or lesser) sleep deprivation. It is always worth noting that the hours needed for restful sleep vary from person to person and according to age group.

10- Controlling the time we dedicate to technologies

We must, more and more, allocate the time we dedicate to new technologies. We must avoid their excessive use, given that the stimuli of new technologies and technological devices, given that these can lead to dependence, social isolation, mood swings, increased signs of irritability, impulsivity or anxiety, and also sleep disturbances or attention and concentration problems.



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