5 tips to prevent mental health disorders and improve mental health this World Health Day  |  Photo Credit: Getty Images
New Delhi: World Health Day 2019 is being celebrated on the 7th of April to mark the importance of healthcare all around the world. The theme for this year’s World Health Day is “Health for All” which refers to the right of every citizen to have easy access to healthcare facilities.
While the world pays attention to physical health and prevention of life-threatening diseases like AIDS, cancer, and lifestyle diseases like diabetes and heart problems, the prevalence of mental health disorders is on a rise, all around the world. What makes the problem worse is the stigma associated with such mental health problems, which makes access to help even more difficult. Since health is wholesome and is about the body and the mind, it is important to keep your mind healthy, as much as it is to keep your body. Here are 5 tips to prevent mental health problems and improve mental health, this World Health Day.
What you eat has an impact on your body, all your systems and your mind. There are some foods that lift your mood, while others can cause you to feel sad and low. Including a healthy diet in your routine with bananas, green tea, leafy green vegetables, etc. will not only keep your body healthy but also your mind.
Incorporate a form of exercise
There are so many forms of exercise available now, and access to them is super easy. You must incorporate a form of exercise in your routine. When you exercise, your body releases a hormone called the endorphins which is responsible for making you feel happy and peaceful. Not just that, according to a report on CNN, when you exercise, your brain reinforces feelings of happiness and positivity.
Social media, internet, some TV shows and movies can set unrealistic standards of a perfect life and can trigger anxiety, depression and eating disorders. A digital detox once in a while can help you avoid such issues. Put away all your phones and laptops, and try to spend more time with your friends and family every once in a while. This will help not just your mind, but is also good for your eyes and stress management.
It is a very important part of keeping your mind healthy, getting comfortable with your thoughts and understanding them. Meditation can help you calm your mind, understand what goes through it, and make it easier for things to process. According to a study, meditation also helps in coping with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Talk it out!
One of the most difficult and challenging things to do if you suffer from a mental illness to talk about it to someone. You feel that you will not be understood, and the stigma around these issues makes it worse. However, you must find someone you can confide in and talk about it. They may be able to help by helping you seek medical help, or just be an ear to listen to.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a professional healthcare provider if you have any specific questions about any medical matter.