Daily Habits to Improve Mental Health

We live in a challenging and demanding world where thousands of stressors are crawling. While waging war against these challenges, your mind becomes your cage, and you get involved in a battle with yourself. During this combat, you indulge in different self-sabotaging habits without knowing they would ultimately cost your mental health. 

But the cherishing part here is that every cloud has a silver lining. So, adopting just a few self-saving habits would ultimately make your mind a tranquil place to live in and enable you to live your life to the fullest. 

Define your morning by evening 

Your morning sets the momentum for the day, but a well-planned evening pre-determines the tone of your morning. When you set your alarm, you don’t set it that morning; you set it the night before. Likewise, sort out and plan the things you want to accomplish tomorrow and prioritize them in the guise of the rough sketch in mind or write it down in your daily diary. This thing will simplify your mornings and not squander your morning energy into making decisions like what to do first and how to do it. This can be exemplified as If you decide on the dress you will be wearing tomorrow and the breakfast you will have before rushing to the office the night before; you will save a lot of your energy for the rest of the day.

Move your body

The technology-driven society has deprived our body of its due share of movement, which feeds the physiological dimension of our body; without finding enough exertion for your physical body bounds you to become depressive. A physically idle body generates inertia in your body which slows down your metabolism. Consequently, your brain won’t get enough energy and robust blood circulation, and your mental activity will be affected. If you are one of those people who are not inclined to intensive exercises, then Yoga is a perfect saviour for you. Just a few yoga asanas will dramatically transform your physical and mental life. The balancing acts of Yoga have trained my mind and body to be balanced in my daily life approach, and I have also learned to balance my emotions. Try this yourself for seven days by practising a few asanas of Yoga every day. 

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Connect with the elements of Nature

Your body and mind are part of Nature. It heals in the presence of the water, air, light and soil, element. The more connected you are with Nature, the more you become balanced physically and psychologically. You can connect with Nature by starting your day in the presence of sunlight. When you wake up, you instantly grab your phone and start scrolling down all the notifications, messages and news feed. This act is the same as allowing thousands of stressors to attack you in an instant just after waking up. Replacing this habit with the sun’s rays can powerfully impact your mind and health. The morning sun connects you with Nature, and it has tremendous power to rejuvenate your energy and drag you out of your languid mood. This week give yourself a task to replace your morning notifications with Sun rays and see the magic. 

Eat mind friendly food

The right kind of food at the right time is an absolute necessity for mental health. The right food may not taste good to your tongue, but your body and brain pay homage to you when selecting mind-friendly food. If you are a person whose day survives on caffeine, then sorry to burst a bubble for you that you are doing a horrible job for yourself. Caffeine gives you instant energy but with agitation. But, for example, an ash gourd juice or one spoon of honey not only full yourself with energy but also with calmness and serenity. I know ash gourd juice could be a bitter choice, and it may be difficult to incorporate it into your daily habit if you are a food lover. But a spoonful of honey should not be a big deal for you. After all, it is sweet and serene. 

Practice Gratitude 

This may sound cliché to you. But it is one of the best things you can do for your mental health. Gratitude is linked to good mental health, self-awareness and a sense of fulfilment. It is also a key to having better relationships. Our mind is an expert in amplifying negativity, and gratitude acts as an antidote to this poison. When you practice gratitude, you feel grateful, and your brain releases dopamine, the reward hormone. This way, we practice it more often because we want to feel the same. However, just chanting a few words of gratitude is not enough to alter your life perspective. Practice is an actual key.

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Tip of the day

You can adopt this practice by writing three things daily for which you are grateful that day.

For instance, 

Today, the first thing I am grateful for is the advice which is given by my colleague. The second thing I am grateful for is eating my favourite food (fried potatoes) cooked by my mother. Finally, the third thing I am grateful for the day is spending my time with my baby cousins. 

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