Everyone has struggled at some point in their life with stress, anxiety, depression or any other relevant mental health issue.
Try these simple tips to help you re-balance yourself
Treat yourself with kindness and respect, and avoid self-criticism. Make time for your hobbies and favourite projects, or broaden your horizons. Do a daily crossword puzzle, plant a garden, take dance lessons, learn to play an instrument or become fluent in another language.
Take care of your body
Taking care of yourself physically can improve your overall mental health. Be sure to eat nutritious meals, avoid smoking, drink plenty of water during the day, exercise regularly which helps decrease depression and anxiety and therefore to improve your moods, and don’t forget to get enough sleep!
Surround yourself with good people
People with strong family or social connections are generally healthier than those who lack a support network. Make plans with supportive family members and friends, or seek out activities where you can meet new people, such as, a club, class or support group.
Learn how to deal with stress
Like it or not, is part of our lives. Practice good coping skills: Try One-Minute Stress Strategies, do Tai Chi, exercise, take a nature walk, play with your pet or try journal writing as a stress reducer. Also, remember to smile and see the humour in life. Research shows that laughter can boost your immune system, ease pain, relax your body and reduce stress.
Quiet your mind
Try meditating, or mindfulness. Relaxation exercises can improve your state of mind and outlook on life. In fact, research shows that meditation may help you feel calm and enhance the effects of therapy.
Set realistic goals
Decide what you want to achieve academically, professionally and personally, and write down the steps you need to realize your goals. Aim high, but be realistic and don’t over-schedule. You’ll enjoy a tremendous sense of accomplishment and self-worth as you progress toward your goal.
Most importantly, get help when you need it. Seeking help is a sign of strength — not a weakness. And it is important to remember that treatment is effective. People who get appropriate care can recover from mental illness and addiction and lead full, rewarding lives.
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