December 9, 2023 11:07:05

Tips To Improve Your Mental Health

Although lifestyle factors including work, diet, drugs and lack of sleep can all affect your mental health, if you experience a mental health problem there are usually other factors as well.

Try these tips to keep your balance, or re-balance yourself.

1. Value yourself:

Treat yourself with kindness and respect, and avoid self-criticism.

2. Take care of your body:

Taking care of yourself physically can improve your mental health like:

  • Eat nutritious meals
  • Avoid smoking  
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Exercise helps decrease depression and anxiety and improves mood

3. Surround yourself with good people:

People with strong family or social connections are generally healthier than those who lack a support network.

4. Invest yourself wisely:

Volunteer your time and energy to help someone who is in genuine need.

5. Learn how to deal with stress:

Like it or not, stress is a part of life. Practice good coping skills.

6. Quiet your mind:

Try meditating, Mindfulness or prayer.

7. Set realistic goals:

Practice academically, professionally, and personally.

8. Break the monotony:

Make us more efficient and enhance our feelings of security and safety.

9. Avoid alcohol and other drugs:

Keep alcohol use to a minimum and avoid other drugs.

10. Get help when you need it:

Seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness.

Mental Health Care And Treatment

To strengthen mental health, it is vital to not only protect and promote the mental well-being of all but also to address the needs of people with mental health conditions.

This should be done through community-based mental health care, which is more accessible and acceptable than institutional care, helps prevent human rights violations, and delivers better recovery outcomes for people with mental health conditions. Mental health care should be provided through a network of interrelated services that comprise:

  • Mental health services are integrated into general health care, typically in general hospitals and through task-sharing with non-specialist care providers in primary health care.
  • Community mental health services may involve community mental health centers and teams, psychosocial rehabilitation, peer support services, and supported living services.
  • Services that deliver mental health care in social services and non-health settings, such as child protection, school health services, and prisons.

The vast care gap for common mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety means countries must also find innovative ways to diversify and scale up care for these conditions, for example through non-specialist psychological counseling or digital self-help.