Top 3 Things That Support Peak Mental Health
Everyone is aware of the importance of being physically healthy, but being mentally healthy is also important. It helps us be productive and provide positive results at work, in school, and other things we engage ourselves in.
Reaching our peak mental health also helps us enjoy life and face challenges. It gives us the feeling of comfort and self-assurance. Dr. Diane Harner joined us again for the third part of The Brain Deep Dive, where she discussed the top three things to optimize your mental health. She explained in-detail why these things are essential and how they help us with our daily lives.
Get Enough Sleep
Sleeping helps our brain get rid of all the toxins we get from the day that just finished. It regulates our emotions and consolidates memories. When we are sleeping, we think about the things that transpired. Our dreams flash images and scenarios, it is our brain’s way of distinguishing if the events that occurred are important or not. Being able to sleep well refreshes us and prepares us for what the next day brings.
Are you having problems sleeping? Here are some tips you can follow to resolve your sleeping issues:
Make Time for Exercise
Tiring yourself through exercising is linked to sleeping. It’s a lot easier to sleep when the body feels tired. Exercising doesn’t feel good when you’re doing it but you will feel the positive effects physically and mentally afterward.
Exercising stimulates endorphins, a chemical naturally produced by our body to handle stress and pain. It’s also referred to as “feel good” chemicals because they boost happiness and lessen the pain in our body. Exercising prevents other conditions such as dementia, depression, and anxiety.
Building good relationships with the people around you provides joy, support, and assurance. Connections are important for our mental health because it protects us from depression and anxiety.
Also, engaging in physical interactions such as hugging, kissing, and even a simple pat on the shoulder stimulates oxytocin, a hormone which is often called the “love hormone.” Oxytocin helps prevent conditions including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and anorexia.
Dr. Harner also stated the importance of refraining from chemical substances. Those won’t be needed if you’re doing the things mentioned. These are just some tips you can follow. There’s a lot of stuff you can do to be mentally healthy. Just make sure to practice them consistently to be at your A-game.
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