Fortunately, today, talking about sensitive conditions like depression and anxiety has become more commonplace. That said, many women still feel hesitant to discuss issues with family, friends, and even their doctors. After all, we don’t want people to think we are weak or crazy and unable to handle life. Truthfully, there are so many facets to mental health that it isn’t something you can assume or take for granted. It’s always best to consult with your doctor if you feel anything out of the ordinary. And, do seek medical help if you’re experiencing suicidal thoughts or have been self-medicating excessively. Additionally, here are some beneficial ways to keep mental health balanced no matter where you are currently.
Keep Mental Health Balanced #1: Therapy/Counseling
Just as society is opening up to discussing mental illness more openly, therapy has become less of a social faux pa. Celebrities, professionals, and even politicians admit to seeing therapists regularly. The truth is, therapy is a solid way to keep things in check before they get to a crucial point. Talking through problems and decisions with a trained professional can bring insight and comfort to those who are open to it. I believe the key is to realize that you don’t have to manage your feelings and thoughts on your own.
Keep Mental Health Balanced #2: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness
CBT utilizes talking and personal experiments to address intrusive thoughts that lead to an altered perception of reality and experience. The theory is that these distortions often lead to destructive behavior. CBT has been a successful method to treat depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions.
There are other promising types of therapy such as mindfulness that help patients develop an improved sense of self and their place in the world. Since everyone is different, it’s important that each person find what works for them.
Keep Mental Health Balanced #3: Exercise Regularly
In addition to therapy, one of the greatest things we can do for our health is to exercise. Being active releases natural chemicals that have a significant impact on our mood. In particular, natural endorphins work in a similar way as morphine does to relieve stress and pain. Additionally, serotonin is an important neurotransmitter that helps with anxiety and depression by regulating moods, improving sleep patterns, and balancing appetite. Not to mention, exercise helps you feel good about yourself in general.
Keep Mental Health Balanced #4: Eat Healthily
I am an advocate for living a healthful lifestyle. A huge part of that is eating a healthful diet on a regular basis. I believe that consistency in this area is what builds true physical and mental health. I’m not saying that you can’t ever have a treat. On the contrary, it’s important to give ourselves select times to eat our favorite foods and treats. In fact, you are far more likely to stick to a quality eating lifestyle if you know you can eat the “fun” foods every once in a while.
As to what type of diet is for you, that is subject to the individual. It may take some trial and error before you discover what kinds of foods you do well with. Consult your doctor or dietician for some information about various eating plans for your age and health state.
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