Updated: Oct 5, 2019
From time to time, all of us can feel down or low-spirited. You may feel a little gloomy on a cloudy, rainy day or depressed after a long, stressful day at work- whatever the case, We've all been there. And most of us will easily crawl out of our dull-drums when the sun comes out again and our temporary agitations have ceased to exist. However, for some people it's not that way. Those that are labeled clinically depressed live with a daily dose of despondency day to day.
Depression affects an estimated 19 million Americans and prolonged suffers are more at risk of substance abuse and tragically, suicide. And major depression is also a leading cause of poor health, chronic fatigue, relationship problems, and life-threatening illnesses. And all of us can be a risk too. It's a chronic illness that can affect any age, gender, or race. So, it's safe to say it's not a disease that is a stranger to many- which makes it all the more important to talk about mental health. It's also good to note that some people will be victims of anxiety and dejection temporarily, as in mourning a death of a loved one or losing a job. As well as explore the best ways to positively relieve symptoms of clinical depression and alternatively work on curing the condition. Of course, although currently doctors will ply suffers with medication and psychological therapy- it's best to also note that there are other alternatives and homeopathic methods that can positively help too.
So, what are the top 5 best ways to improve your overall mental health?
1. Be good to yourself. Practicing conscientious self-care is a good way to boost your mood and decrease anxiety on a daily basis. Give yourself a nice manicure, soak in a relaxing bath, or schedule a visit at a luxury salon spa. Whatever you choose- make sure it's enough "me time" in order to just relax and escape from the grind of routine. It seems everything in life gets our attention more than our own needs, but it's more vital to your body and mind to take care of yourself.
2. Socialize and engage. Researchers say that when we interact with others we feel better and our more mentally fit. Isolated people are more apt to be depressed and unhealthy. So, go out and join a club, connect with friends, or find an outlet such as a charity to get involved in to broaden your social network. Also, its vital to surround yourself with supportive people who bring out the best in you..stay away from toxic relationships and only connect with friends and family that bring to your life positive energy.
3.Exercise. Engaging in physical activity is a good way to keep one's mind and body feeling fit and happier. Grief experts say that exercising releases brain chemicals such as endorphins which helps with discomfort and at the same time boosts mood. So, take a 20 minute walk, swim, bike ride, or join a yoga class..and you'll feel better both mentally and physically.
4. Eat nutritionally. Eating a well balanced diet is not only good for your bodily health but also important for your mental well-being. Digest more fruits and veggies, stay away from too many carbs and fatty foods. You'll feel healthier, which will help in vanquishing a depressed mood.
5.Take a hiatus from your tech devices. Unplug and unwind from the tech world of Facebook, Instagram, and emails for a day, or at least a few hours and you'll see how it will instantly calm you and boost your mood. Technological energy emits stress inducing radiation that can cause us to feel tired and strained. So, it's a good idea to unplug once in a while from social media and your smartphone in order to feel less stressed and more healthy, in mind and body.