Tips to maintain your mental health
Mental health is often negated in front of physical health. But what many don’t know is that by 2020, mental illness will be the second top cause of morbidity and mortality after heart disease. How is your mental well-being tested? Let’s take a simple test. Do you find it tough to ward off negative thoughts? Do you find it tricky to deal with difficult situations? Sudden work assignment or unruly behavior by the boss pulls down your spirit? Do you find comfort in food when you are stressed? If you have answered most of them in affirmation, you surely need to keep a check on your mental health. Mental well-being means you are able to function well in your day-to-day life and sudden challenges don’t make you fall. We spoke to Dr Rajesh Goyal, consultant psychiatrist, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, to bring you top six practical ways to maintain mental well being.
Maintain a regular routine ; Try and create a daily routine, from waking up time to eating to sleeping. People who follow a regular routine are found to be healthier emotionally as well as physically.
This stands true for every ailment. Make sure you exercise atleast 5 times a week if not all days. Staying physically active is a key reason for mental wellness as any form of workout releases happy hormones.
Balanced diet: Eat a well balanced meal that comprises of atleast 5 fruits and vegetables a day. Also, coconut water and bananas are rich in potassium and help in elevating the mood. Dark chocolate works equally well in mood elevation.
Pursue a hobby: You may not find ‘me’ time during the week due to work and personal commitments, but set aside half a day during the week to pursue something that you like. It could be something as simple as listening to music, reading books or even visiting a salon to pamper yourself. “We are so busy treating others that we forget to treat ourselves.”
Spend quality time with people you love: It is extremely important to maintain strong relationships with around you – your friends, family and colleagues. It is a proven fact that one’s mental wellness is greatly impacted by the quality of their personal relationships. Gadgets are the biggest cause of distraction today. They stop us from interacting with others and occupy much of our waking up time. Make sure that you stop using gadgets atleast an hour before bedtime and restrict your gadget usage even during the day.