November 3, 2022
Your mental health not only controls your consciousness but also determines your physical health and the way your body functions. So how can we strengthen our mental wellness? Here are some essential tips that can help boost your mental wellness.
Talking and interacting with others stimulates your brain. It allows your brain to work faster and think faster. You can try:
Physical exercise not only keeps you physically strong but also creates chemical changes in your brain. These chemicals can help positively change your mood and raise your self-esteem. Find activities to help you stay fit. It does not mean that you have to spend hours running or being in the gym. It is best to find activities you enjoy and make them a part of your life.
Lack of sleep can negatively affect your physical and mental well-being and overall quality of life. Having sufficient sleep not only provides stress relief but also makes you more alert and aware. It improves your memory too. Adequate sleep helps your brain to process and retain information long term and solidify memories.
If you have a sleep disorder due to stress or other emotional problems, alcohol or drugs is not the solution. They only provide temporary relief. Ideally, you can seek help and comfort from family or friends, or you can consider seeking professional help.
Research shows that learning new skills can also improve self-confidence and raising self-esteem. Learning new skills such as learning to cook something new, work on a DIY project such as knitting and learning to play new games such as tennis or even computer games can stimulate brain and nerve cells, keeping your brain refreshed.
Research suggests that doing acts of giving and kindness can help to create positive feelings and a sense of reward. By giving, you feel a sense of purpose and self-worth while helping you connect with other people. It could be small acts of kindness towards other people or larger ones like volunteering in your local community.
Paying more attention to the present moment can improve your mental well-being. This includes your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you.
Some people call this awareness “mindfulness”. Mindfulness can help you enjoy life more and understand yourself better. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.
Calming breathing technique for stress, anxiety and panic takes just a few minutes, which you can do anywhere. It would be most beneficial if you do it regularly, as part of your daily routine.
Having good mental well-being can help you to cope with challenges and achieve your goals. Practice our tips for better mental wellness to take care of your well-being.
If you or your loved ones are feeling overwhelmed, seeking professional advice or counselling therapy may enable you to better cope and manage your well-being.
*This article is contributed by Dr Tseng Hsien Cho, Family Physician, Raffles Medical Group.*
Source: Raffles Medical Group