Mental health is a very important part of our being. It encompasses our emotional, psychological and social well being. Even though it isn’t spoken about as openly as physical health, it affects how we think, feel and behave. It determines how we handle situations, relate to our surroundings and others around us, our choices and our actions.
Mental wellness is crucial to our overall well being. Mental health guides our physical health in numerous ways. How we feel and think affects how we behave and act.
Being mentally healthy doesn’t mean the absence of negative thoughts or emotions but the ability to address them, and deal with them. Our mental state greatly determines how we will handle problems, stress and the pressures of our modern lifestyle. Sometimes, all of it can be overwhelming. These are signals that tell us we need to take a step back to recharge ourselves.
Being mentally fit means to be in touch with yourself, knowing when to take a break and when to work. Some ways you can be mentally fit are;
Take some time off every day to be by yourself. Either read a book, write, meditate or just simply relax by yourself. This time allows you to realize the thoughts and emotions you may have overlooked during the day.
Switch off your electronics an hour or so before you sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, Using TVs, tablets, smart phones, laptops, or other electronic devices before bed delays your body’s internal clock (a.k.a., your circadian rhythm), suppresses the release of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin, and makes it more difficult to fall asleep. Altogether, our wired way of winding down at night means we're sleeping less and less.
Exercise hit the gym, practice yoga or any do physical activity that you enjoy. Physical activities along with a healthy diet, (like the one we’ve suggested in our Stomach care) improve overall health. It reduces the chances of weight gain, keeps the muscles and bones active, strengthens the heart, lowers blood pressure, improves mental health and your ability to do daily activities. Physical activities release chemicals called endorphins and dopamine. They trigger a positive feeling similar to the release of morphine. These chemicals positively impact your mental and physical health.
Set a routine. Having a routine allows you to prioritize, focus and manage your time well. Following a routine increases productivity levels and helps to get your work done in a timely manner. Set a little time aside for family, friends and yourself, every day. Social support and meaningful human contact greatly affect our mental well being.
All these tips are easier said than done, we understand. However, a small shift or change every day can go a long way. Start small and then slowly hit the bigger milestones. Upakarma Ayurveda’s Ashwagandha tablets enhance mental wellness. It is an ayurvedic remedy that treats anxiety and depression. One capsule a day can enhance your mental wellbeing. In the long run, when you look back, amazed by how small changes can make such big differences.