By Angela Bekiaris
Just like you take care of your body, make sure to take care of your mind, too, in order to lead a happy life. Here are some ways to get started:
1. Stay Healthy: Exercising, staying in shape and living healthily is always on top of the list. Exercise has been proven to increase wellbeing as well as reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. Make sure to avoid drugs and excess alcohol, too.
2. Focus On All Relationships: Building relationships is great for the soul. Experts reveal that good relationships contribute to a sense of wellbeing.
3. Identify Your Strengths And Weaknesses: Finding out what you are really good at can increase wellbeing, say experts. Build self-confidence, then tackle a tougher task.
4. Give To Others: Making contributions or doing random acts of kindness is a great way to feel better and have a sense of worth.
5. Develop Gratitude: Count all your blessings. Start a gratitude jar and add notes of gratitude which you can look back on months later.
6. Seek Help: If you’re feeling blue, chat to someone close or spend time with people who can relate.
7. Start Your Day With A Cup Of Coffee: Experts reveal that coffee consumption is linked to lower rates of depression. If you don’t like coffee, have some green tea.
8. Get Away: There’s no need for an overseas trip – although great if possible – but just get away with the family or some friends for a few days to relax and enjoy a good laugh.
9. Experiment: Try out a new recipe, write a poem, start a new fitness programme or find a new hobby – experts say creative expression and overall wellbeing are linked.
10. Treat Yourself To Dark Chocolate: Research shows you can boost brainpower by eating a couple pieces of dark chocolate every few days – the flavanoids, caffeine, and theobromine are thought to work together to improve alertness and mental skills.
11. Take Time To Laugh: It’s the best medicine and you know it. Hang out with positive people who leave you in stitches.
12. Dance: While doing housework, at a studio or just for fun around the house – dancing reduces levels of cortisol (the stress hormone), and increases endorphins (the body’s ‘feel-good’ chemicals).
13. Bond With Your Pet: Experts say, “Time with animals lowers the stress hormone cortisol, and boosts oxytocin, which stimulates feelings of happiness.”
14. Socialise: Hit a coffee shop, restaurant or park for some quality time with your favourites – it will boost your mood and help you achieve good mental health.
15. Enjoy Some Sunshine: Get at least 10 to 15 minutes of vitamin D a day.
“I’M always terrified that something’s going to happen. And I’m not going to be able to do this anymore and it’s all going to end one day. Part of the fear comes from loving this so much and not wanting to lose it.” — Taylor Swift on anxiety
“Sometimes I’m not always doing amazing, but that’s okay…Because everyone struggles and it’s okay to be flawed because that’s what makes me, me.” — Demi Lovato on anxiety and bipolar disorder
7 Signs Of Mania
Experts reveal signs of mania – Healthline.com adds that bipolar disorder may include some of the following warning signs:
1. Feeling overly happy or ‘high’ for long periods of time
2. Having a decreased need for sleep
3. Talking very fast, often with racing thoughts
4. Feeling extremely restless or impulsive
5. Becoming easily distracted
6. Having overconfidence in your abilities
7. Engaging in risky behaviour