Managing your mental health can be challenging if you don’t have the time or resources available; you can very easily spiral down a dark hole regarding your mental well-being. It can be time-consuming dealing with mental health issues, but exercises such as the Valsalva maneuver, and breathing techniques can help you process information, and keep your brain healthy.
7 Ways to Manage Your Brain Health
1. A Healthy Diet
A healthy diet is vital in the process of taking care of not just your mental health, but also your physical health. It doesn’t just help check your mental health, it also physically allows your brain to feel better, and keeps it activated and supplied with enough nutrients to be healthy. Give foods that have nutrients such as omega 3 fatty acid or vitamins a shot to help you feel better.
2. Gratitude Journals help you Sleep Better
For those of you struggling with insomnia i.e. lack of sleep, a gratitude journal might be your new best friend. Write down your activities for the day, reflect on what is important, and how you’re thankful for what happened through the course of events in your day. Writing will help make your brain feel more tired and help inculcate a feeling of tiredness allowing you to sleep better at night. Build a routine around it because a well-rested brain is a happy brain.
3. Find a Purpose
Most people are happier knowing that they are working towards something, that they’re contributing to the society, and that they have a sense of drive or purpose in the world. While aimlessly working towards an absolute nothing will give you zero satisfaction, working towards a goal may help you feel like you have a reason to keep doing what you’re doing.
Meditating can help slow the process of aging and to add to the benefits, it can be an instant mood lifter and can elevate your spirit and create a general feeling of well-being. Some exercises you can try are breathing techniques with the 4-7-8 method, or the alternate nostril breathing. You should also be open to the idea of physical activity such as yoga to help you unwind and relax.
5. Stay Happy
It is medically proven that laughing can help reverse some forms of damage to your brain by releasing neurochemicals that help you heal parts your brain that can’t be done otherwise. In addition to all that, it helps build the good forms of cholesterol, and reduces arterial inflammation, thus keeping your heart healthy too!
6. Learn how to handle Stressful Situations
Stress-inducing situations can have terrible effects on your brain because they can overwork your brain and leave you feeling exhausted. Learning how to deal with situations where you might be stressed, like exams season or a particularly loaded week from work, can help you designate specific times of the week to just take a step back and relax. Allow yourself the time and liberty to breathe in the fresh air once in a while.
7. Avoid Drugs!
Smoking, alcohol, or any other forms of drugs can have inhibiting effects on your brain for various reasons that science explains. These effects in most cases are irreversible, which means it will be much harder to live with a damaged brain for the rest of your life than it would be to survive without the drugs you are currently dependent upon for temporary happiness. Rehab is a great place to start your journey towards healing your brain and your body for a healthier, happier lifestyle, and towards feeling a greater drive towards life.
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