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19 Jun 2020

Mental health is as important as physical health

People often forget that a huge part of our health depends on our mental state and condition. It is important to note that while physical health is important, mental health should also be one of your top priorities.

Mental wellness is defined as our cognitive, behavioural, and emotional wellbeing – basically the way we think, behave and feel. Starting to wonder how you can better take care of your mental health? We share with you 4 ways to start feeling good again.

 

EATING WELL

On some level, we all know that we need to eat well and eat clean to be physically fit and healthy.

What we also need to understand is that what we eat also contributes largely to our mental health. Our brain needs a good mix of nutrients in order to function well and stay healthy, just like the other organs in your body.

A diet that’s good for your physical health is also good for your mental health.

Here are some food items you can add into your basket the next time you do your grocery shopping:

#1. Berries – Blueberries and Strawberries improve memory, concentration and attention span.

#2. Yoghurt – Lower levels of stress, anxiety and depression.

#3. Wholegrains – According to studies, wholegrains are a rich source of tryptophan that helps to produce serotonin. Serotonin assists in calming the mind, improving your mood and maintaining a steady sleep cycle.

#4. Fatty Fish – There are abundant sources of omega-3 fatty acids, healthy unsaturated fats that have been linked to lower blood levels of beta-amyloid.

#5. Nuts – They are excellent sources of protein and healthy fats. Walnut helps to improve memory!

#6. Dark Chocolate – Eating dark chocolate may positively affect mood and relieve depressive symptoms.

#7. Turmeric – Contains curcumin which, according to research, has the potential to improve a number of health conditions — including depression.

#8. Avocado – Avocados are rich in stress-relieving B vitamins and heart-healthy fat that may help to lessen anxiety

#9. Coffee – Coffee contains an antioxidant called polyphenols which help to reduce inflammation in the brain and keep your brain energized, too much of it could cause anxiety attacks though, so do consume in moderation!

#10. Oats – Helps to reduce stress, improve your mood and metabolism.

 

TAKE A BREAK WHEN YOU NEED TO

At times, we can all get caught up with work – sometimes rushing for deadlines such that we forgot to give ourselves a break. Did you know that all you need is a few minutes to de-stress yourself?

It can be a simple five-minute pause from any task, an hour break at work to have lunch or a quick 20 minutes nap to energise yourself, or even just a simple day away from everything you’ve been doing.

Giving yourself time to rest can help you to work a lot more efficiently when you’re back at your task, this gives you an opportunity to clear your mind and pace yourself again.

 

VALUE YOURSELF

Don’t be too hard on yourself when you can’t seem to be able to perfectly complete a task given to you, everyone has their own area of expertise and gifts, it’s only a matter of finding out what’s yours! Loving yourself can be tough sometimes and we’ve all had our fair share of hate towards ourselves, but don’t beat yourself up for things you can’t do, or if things don’t go your way.

Instead of drowning yourself in sorrows, engage in activities that you enjoy, it could be watching a series of comedic videos, or reading a book. Doing something you enjoy means treating yourself with love and respect and doing something you love can help boost you up and get your engines roaring for what’s coming your way.

 

CONNECT WITH OTHERS

When we connect ourselves with the people we care about, we naturally feel a lot happy and at ease. Our family and friends are the group of people we go to, to seek refuge in difficult times, simply put – they are your support group.

It is understandable that with the outbreak of COVID-19, heading out to spend quality time with your friends and family would be difficult. However, thanks to the advanced technology we enjoy, you can now easily keep in touch with anyone through video calls. Don’t let COVID-19 come in between you and your loved ones! Remember to still try to stay home as much as possible!

 

Remember – sharing is caring!

Share this article with someone who needs to give themselves a break.

 

If you or someone you know is having a difficult time, click here for a list of helplines.

 

 

Written by: Alvira Alayna


Posted by nEbO Admin on 19 Jun 2020, 11:46 am
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