When you’re thinking about making mental health an area of focus in your life, it takes some research and diligence. However, the benefits are worth it, as you’ll have clarity and focus that will improve your overall quality of life.
Mental health is an issue that affects 25% of Australians.
Your mental well-being not only dictates your everyday feelings, it dictates the map by which you see the world. If you’re living a life of mental fog and depression, there are a number of steps that you can take to get back on track.
With this in mind, keep reading so that you’re able to clear your head and bolster your mental health.
Remember That the Mind Follows the Body
People often separate mental and physical health, as they don’t work in synchronicity.
The truth is, the better you take care of your body, the better your brain will function. Take the time to exercise each and every day — even if it just means taking a 15-minute walk.
For best results, try your best to break a sweat and speed up your heart. You can do this with anything from cardio in the form of a gym membership or joining a martial arts studio.
The key is to get the blood flowing on a regular basis. This balances your hormones, allows your brain to function at higher levels and speeds up your metabolism. You’ll also enjoy an improved immune system and better digestion.
Since life today is mostly sedentary, you should go out of your way to move your body as often as possible. Getting outside is also great for taking in Vitamin D from the sun, which is excellent for your mood and mental function. Most people have Vitamin D deficiencies due to spending too much time indoors.
Getting Vitamin D straight from the source is ideal, and is better than simply supplementing with capsules and other boosts.
Rid Your Kitchen and Lifestyle of Poor Food Choices
Groundbreaking research shows a direct correlation between your gut health and brain health. So if you have harmful bacteria in your gut due to a poor diet, it not only can cause obesity and heart disease, it also hampers your cognitive function.
Clear your kitchen of foods that aren’t conducive to health, and make a point to stop eating out as much as possible. Instead, fortify your body with healthy plant based foods, such as leafy green vegetables like kale, which can make your brain function like it’s 11 years younger.
In addition to kale, make sure that you’re regularly taking in spinach, arugula, collards and others. You can get plenty of these vegetables by mixing them in a smoothie. You can also get brain health promoting omega 3 fatty acids by blending in some hemp seeds and chia seeds.
Take the time to hydrate by drinking lots of water. Many people experience brain fog when they’re dehydrated. Make sure that you get more than 2 litres of water each and every day as part of your regular intake. Your diet is half the battle when it comes to your well-being.
Seek Some Mental Health Counseling
It’s important that you also take some time to seek counseling whenever possible. No matter the cost, it’s a valuable investment into your life and will help you process your thoughts and work through mental issues.
Getting mental health counseling might cost you about $50 per session and could cost even less depending on your coverage. You’ll want to visit a therapist at least once per week in order to truly reap the benefits.
When matching up with a therapist, research their credentials and ensure that they offer the care that you need. Some provide individual counseling on a regular basis, while others are better suited for grief counseling and therapy for traumatic events.
If you use these tips you will be better able to enjoy a life of mental clarity and health.
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