Losing weight and gaining a healthier body always make our new year’s resolution list complete, but we keep our mental health to the side. It is perhaps more important than having a great physique. Last year, India recorded a 67.7% increase in reported suicides and attempted suicides during the lockdown. Also, an actor’s death provoked us to talk about mental health on a national stage (not going to talk about what happened next).
So, today we are going to talk about some healthy habits for mind and how you can continue doing so. These are simply general things that people do in their daily life. All are powerful within the effort to develop and maintain both a robust and healthy mind and body. Let’s get started!
Here are some healthy habits to adopt for your mental health
It has been shown in countless studies that exercise helps to reduce stress, manage weight loss, increase energy and mood. It could also help us to be more creative.
Now, let’s talk about the real problem, sticking to it. When it comes to exercise, people tend to lose hope within a week. The real reason behind it is, they are forcing themselves to do something they don’t like. Try doing those exercises which you love to do the most. It could be running, skipping, doing household chores, walking the dog, dancing etc. Exercise doesn’t always mean lifting weights in a gym.
For example, some of us like to play football, but we might suck at it. Still, our friends pick us in their team (out of pity probably), and whenever we score a goal, it’s a huge deal among us. It is an exercise that many of us love to do. So try finding the ones you like to do.
How to keep your mind healthy? Meditation is the answer. But maybe you don’t want to sit constantly in a place, cross-legged for a half-hour, trying to attain peace. You can practically do it anywhere (with proper methods), and doing it for 5 to 10 minutes offers great benefits.
As people are different, so is meditation. There are various methods and forms of meditation, but try to choose the one which suits you the best because this is one of the best healthy habits for the mind.
3. Rise early or late, whichever suits you
There are several positives for rising early that you could easily find on the internet. People say it helps them to get ahead of the day, plan and organize everything. Some people out there are late-night owls. They are more efficient at night. They plan everything at night, so they are technically ahead of the early birds. Then which one should you follow? Obviously, the one that helps you the most and makes you more efficient.
The best thing would be to sleep for at least 7-8 hours a day. This will not make you feel groggy during your working hours and, and will help you to work efficiently. Try to make a routine that serves you the best. And those of you who want to wake up at 2:30 in the morning, or like Mark Wahlberg, try to prioritize sleep as he does.
4. Remove sugar, add water
Over the last few decades, many big companies made us think that fat in food made us unhealthy. Fats make the food taste good which is also an essential component needed by our body. These companies started replacing fats with sugar and sold us “low-fat products”. They made money, and we made diseases (inside our body).
5. Add water to your diet
Now, we know that sugar is deadly. Occasionally we can have it, and even if we take it daily, it should be kept below 30g. Also, add water to your diet. Yes, of course, you are drinking water every day, but try to drink it within an hour or two, daily. These are small habits for a healthy life to bring a good change in you.
6. Find your passion
Doesn’t it feel great when you do something you love the most? We all know that feeling but can’t express it. It’s too good. When we do something we like, we tend to be happier. Does this mean you are going to quit your job tomorrow and follow your passion? Yes, if you have a secret vault filled with money, and then do it. If not (for most people), try to create a perfect balance between your work and passion.
For some of us, writing works as a creative outlet. It makes us happy, and we can express ourselves much better. For you, it could be something else. Find that and practice at least twice a week. Remember, if it makes you happy, then it is going to make your mind happy.
7. Remain socially involved
We are all social animals, even introverted ones. Social interaction helps to deflect stress and depression as both of them are key contributors to memory loss. If you live alone, then try calling or messaging people close to you. Every small bit helps. Nagging parents are way better than solitary confinement (probably not, but you get the point). So, staying socially active strengthens your brain.
8. Eating healthy & eating wisely
Eating healthy and wisely are healthy habits for the mind. The connection between what goes in your body and the way your brain performs is a strong one. Many health experts recommend eating nuts, fish, fruits, and vegetables for the brain’s mobility. You could also try natural supplements like Omega-3 fatty acids, which are easily found in fatty fish.
9. PC gaming
Yes, you heard it right. Gaming isn’t harmful to your health, phew. It exercises the brain and helps to release stress. Fast-paced games improve hand-eye coordination. Games can also improve your eyesight and your problem-solving skills.
Are you a big fan of FIFA? If some of you are familiar with its manager career, you’ll know. Negotiating with players, creating formation, with the main objective of creating an unbeatable team can be a great stress buster for you. Games should be consumed in moderation, and an hour a day would benefit you surely.
We have talked about some healthy habits for the mind, but implementing them into your daily life would be hard at first. So instead of short-term goals, think about long-term commitments. Improve your self-control, and remember, it takes more than 21 days to create a habit and a day to destroy all of it.
Success isn’t a straight line. You can easily miss days and still develop a long term habit. Try to find things you love or those whom you love and stick to them. It’s a long journey and you are an unknown traveler, so travel along and learn new things.
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