5 Ways to Promote Positive Mental Health

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 5 Ways to Promote Positive Mental HealthPositive mental health is a great way to ensure you lead a long, happy and healthy life. Maintaining your mental health is easier than most people think and will have a significant impact on your everyday life.
Would you like to have more energy? What about a good night sleep? How you would like to go an entire year without catching the flu once? Achieving a positive mental health state will not guarantee these things, but it sure will help.

Here are the top 5 things you can do to help promote positive mental health in you and your children:

1. Eat Healthy. Eating fast food 3 times a week and downing a few cold ones before bed might be easier than making a home-cooked meal and more enjoyable than drinking a cold glass of water but it won’t do a whole lot for your health. Eating home-cooked foods (especially fruits and vegetables) and staying away from the fast food joints will help you achieve the healthy lifestyle you desire.

2. Drink Lots of Water. To maintain a healthy lifestyle, average individuals are expected to consume at least eight glasses of water a day. And while this seems like it may be a lot, it’s actually not. Eight glasses is almost equivalent to filling up your water bottle a few times between waking up and going to bed. Remember, if you work out, you will need to increase your water intake to compensate for the water you’re burning off while exercising. Drinking water will detoxify your body and restore it back to a healthy state – especially after drinking coffee or alcoholic beverages.

3. Kick the Bad Habits. We’ve already mentioned it a few times but eliminating significant alcohol intake will have positive results on your mental health. Likewise, kicking other bad habits like smoking and drinking considerable amounts of coffee will also help keep your mental health at its best.

4. De-Stress. Stress is one of the leading causes for poor mental health. When you’re stressed out, your body has to work harder to keep up and, overtime, it will take its toll on your body and your brain. Next time something stressful happens, try lighting some candles and taking a bath. If that doesn’t work for you, try letting off some steam by going to the gym or going for a run. Keeping a positive frame of mind will promote positive mental health and eliminate undue stress on your brain.

5. Book Regular Check-ups. Unfortunately, you can do all of the things listed above and still suffer from mental health problems. In fact, you might have a mental illness and not even know it. Make sure you’re mental health is in good condition by booking regular appointments with your doctor. He/she will be able to confirm whether you’re lifestyle is healthy or identify where you may need to make some changes.

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    Thanks for the tips Donna! Eating healthy, drinking enough water and I guess for me getting enough hours of sleep has been a challenge. I know that when these are not done well it can really affect mental health and overall body function. I understand how a combination of these issues can put stress in the mind and body.
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  2. Donna Thomas says:
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    Rona, Just read an article today that said 5.5 or less hours of sleep a night actually leads to weight gain since the body does not have enough time to metabolize food while at rest. Instead food turns to fat rather than be fuel for the body’s internal mechanisms, so every time you are looking at less than 5.5 hours of sleep, stop whatever it is your’e up to and squeak out 6!!!

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    This is certainly a good intriguing summary which you have created. I’ve been spending much time fairly recently exploring the effects of caffeine as well as how to be able to enjoy it. I really hope to read the rest of your blog soon.

  4. donna thomas says:
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    Interesting,
    thanks for stopping by.. the more I read and learn about the relationship between food/drink and our bodies, the more intriguing it gets and of course as you probably know much debate and conflicting opinions. Coffee, eggs and chocolate have all been on both sides of the good/bad lists for some time now.. I think the real issue is a good balance and everything in moderation.. Hope to see you again soon!

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