Simple Tips To Keep Your Mental Health Stable
By
Dr G Om Prakasham
Chairman , Lotus Wellness
Consultant Cardiac Surgeon

“Peace Of Mind”

How many times have you heard this?
Many people will advise us to keep calm, just live in the moment, do meditation, and many things for our good mental health. But in this fast-paced world, our mental health is quite neglected due to many reasons. Many people think that it is not as important as physical health or some people won’t even know the imbalanced state of their mind at all. 

Mental health is as important as physical health. Peace of mind is one of the top goals one should achieve along with physical fitness. In a world full of stress, anxiety, and depression, we all seek to attain mental peace and stability. 

What is mental health?
Mental health is well-being at emotional, psychological, and social levels. It is all about how you think, feel, and react to any situation. It is also related to your abilities to cope up with stress while making decisions or choices. Mental health can affect your daily living, relationships, and physical health. It is very important at every step of life from childhood to old age. 
Here are some tips for good mental health and a peaceful mind. 
1: Take plenty of sleep
Sound sleep is a very important factor for your physical and mental wellbeing. Sleep helps to regulate your brain functions and manage your moods and emotions. If we can’t get enough sleep then we may feel irritated and stressed. Though we can’t get sound sleep when we are under some stress or depressed we can try calming ourself by doing meditation. 

2: Eat healthily
Believe it or not but what you eat directly affects your mental health. Certain vitamin and mineral deficiencies can lead to depression. It is very important for our mental health to eat healthy food. Also, your meal times and the frequency may affect your mood and lifestyle. If you are stressed or anxious then you should avoid consumption of caffeine as it may cause more anxiousness. 

3: Do exercise or physical activity
Exercise is known to be a stress buster. Being active can boost chemicals in your brain to enhance your mood. A simple walk in the garden can promote peace of mind. Exercise can reduce your depression, bad mood, stress, and laziness. Exercise helps you to live a healthy life. 

4: Deep breathing and meditation
Try meditation, deep breathing, or prayers to calm your mind. Meditation relaxes your mind and improves the state of mind. Some studies provide a scientific background to show the benefits of meditation and deep breathing. Deep breathing may improve your power of attention and consciousness. Deep breathing can give you an instant feeling of calmness. Meditation allows you to push out the disturbing and nagging thoughts that crawl into your mind. It helps you take control of anxiety and stress.

5: Be happy and positive
Hang out with your friends, go out shopping, do whatever makes you feel happy and positive. Always see your life with a positive attitude. 

6: Manage stress
Stress is unavoidable, but remember, choose your battles wisely. Know what factors trigger your stress or affect your mood and work on it. Don’t let anyone or any factor affect your mood. 

7: Pamper yourself
Treat yourself with respect and kindness, and avoid self-criticism and self-doubting. Give time to yourself, pamper yourself, and always do whatever you love to do. 

8: Take care of your body
Taking care of your body can improve your mental health. Eat healthily, sleep well, do regular exercise. These things can help you to stay fit both physically and mentally. 

9: Give yourself time
Time can heal every type of injury and trauma. Try to be gentle towards yourself. Your existing mental trauma or pain might hurt you a lot but it will reduce with time. 

10: Help other people
It is the best feeling you experience when you help other people. Helping someone can help you lift your self-esteem and make you feel good. You can also try volunteering for a social cause or charity. 

11: Ask for help
The most important part of keeping yourself mentally healthy is to ask for help whenever you feel low. Nobody will understand your feelings unless and until you speak out. Try to speak to your friends and family and get help from them. Many times, just talking to your loved ones can solve your problems.

What Signs Are Linked With Being Mentally Stable?
Generally, people who are mentally stable and emotionally healthy have several positive traits. Some of the signs that show a person is mentally and emotionally stable are as follows:
• A sense of having maximum control of their thoughts and actions.
• A sense of general well-being.
• Friends, family and loved ones have confidence in the individual taking care of themselves emotionally, mentally and physically.
• They are consistent in their work life, social and family life.
• They have hobbies that allow them to help them to enjoy themselves.
• They have nurturing and supportive relationships in their lives.
• They are free from behavioural addictions or being consumed or controlled by any substance abuse.
• In times of troubling emotions or situations in their life, they have an excellent set of coping mechanisms that they skillfully apply.

Signs Linked With Mental Instability
Each mental illness that can cause someone to be emotionally unstable has its own distinct features or symptoms. Some of the signs that show a person is not mentally or emotionally stable are as follows:

• Emotionally turbulent days are filled with ups and downs that they find difficulty coping with.
• Dependence on addictive substances is a way not to deal with roubles directly.
• Showing a variety of eating disorders.
• Excessive worrying, unhealthy overthinking and problems in concentrating
• Easily angered or irritable
• Increased or loss in appetite
• Legal troubles
• Sleeping too much or suffering from insomnia.

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