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6 Simple Ways to Improve Your Mental Health

Updated on August 8, 2020
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Avyukth is a passionate individual who believes in living life on his own terms.

Introduction

The food you consume on a daily basis shapes your body. It is important to have a balanced diet with all the nutrients. If you keep eating junk food, it will lead to several health complications. Similarly, the information you consume shapes your mind. You should be wary of the inputs that you are receiving throughout the day. We often make sure that children don't see things that they are not supposed to. It is important that we as adults do the same.

A desire to go to the gym or change your sleeping habits does not imply that you have a disease. Similarly, wanting to improve your mental health does not imply that you are mentally ill. It just means that there are certain things about yourself that you wish to improve. And it is also important for all of us to stay mentally healthy. So here are 6 things you can do to preserve and improve your mental health.

Avoid watching the news

Newspapers and news channels on the television primarily have negative content. Gossip, crime and politics are the main themes. This type of news sells best. You tune in to keep yourself updated. But they feed all this negativity to you. You start judging the world based on these partially true facts. This gives you a distorted view of the world around you.

If you keep watching negative content, you become a pessimist. You start seeing the world through a negative lens. Your mind gets conditioned to notice only the horrible things around you. This makes you feel miserable. You start feeling that the world is not a safe place. You lose your peace of mind. Eventually, your mental health starts deteriorating. This is why mental health issues are on the surge.

Solution

If you want to be updated, I would recommend using a mobile application. Here you can handpick the topics that you are interested in. This will ensure that you don't come across other unnecessary topics.

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Understand how social media works

You need to realize that people portray a false image of themselves on social media. They show only the bright aspects of their lives. They make it seem like everything is perfect. But that is not even remotely close to the truth.

Examples

People often feel insecure about their looks after viewing pictures of others. But those pictures usually go through multiple layers of editing. Sometimes the person doesn't even look similar to the image.

People feel left out while others post pictures or videos of them having fun. But we need to realize they are using their phones instead of living the moment. If they were actually enjoying themselves, wouldn't they forget about their phones? In some cases, these people just pretend to have fun to make the video look glamorous.

Bottom line

You are beautiful and your life is wonderful the way it is. Stop beating yourself up over people pretending to have a great life.

Read Inspirational stories

The world is filled with amazing human beings. There are millions of stories of people who have braved unimaginable odds. There are people who have selflessly dedicated their lives to the service of others. Biographies and autobiographies of such people are available too. Make it a habit to read at least one such small story every day. This will boost your morale and inspire you. It will also make you feel better about the world around you,.

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Listen to positive and uplifting music

Personally, I refrain from listening to sad songs. I don't believe in consciously putting myself in a sad state of mind. I either listen to soul stirring melodies or music that uplifts my mood. This works well especially when I am having a bad day. The comfort and solace you get from your favorite playlist cannot be described in words.

Watch comedy

Watching comedy has so many benefits. It uplifts your mood and relieves stress. In terms of mental health, laughter is truly the best medicine As a stand up comedian myself, I know the impact laughter has on people.

Everyone has a different sense of humor. You might like watching funny videos of kids while another person prefers comedy movies. It does not matter what you watch as long as you have a hearty laugh.

A word of caution

You must however make sure that you don't get addicted to it. Like any medicine, the dosage is important. Spending up to one hour a day watching comedy is good. But beyond that, it might make you feel lazy. So make sure you keep a track of time as well.

Story time

Watch this video of how an individual overcame cancer through humour.

Watch Motivational videos

The internet is flooding with motivational videos. Some of them are speeches and interviews of highly successful people. Others are scripted messages with a lot of creative visual aids. Watching these videos regularly makes you feel powerful. You start taking control of your life. You start enjoying the challenges life throws at you. You get out of your victim mentality and start getting things done. It puts you in a wonderful mental space.

Conclusion

By practicing these regularly you will be able to take good care of your mental health. In case you are facing any difficulty, please reach out a professional. Seek medical assistance. There are a lot of mental health helplines that are available based on where you live. Make use of them if necessary. Stay safe and stay healthy.

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    • Avyukth profile imageAUTHOR

      Avyukth Krishna 

      11 months ago from Bangalore

      Hey Shibangi,

      I feel that the current situation has only brought to light a problem that has existed for a very long time. Otherwise, there were a lot of people who were suffering silently. I am glad that the pandemic has forced people to pay more attention to their mental health. Thank you for your response.

    • Avyukth profile imageAUTHOR

      Avyukth Krishna 

      11 months ago from Bangalore

      Hello Sowrabha ma'am,

      Thank you for your response. I am glad you found the article useful.

    • Avyukth profile imageAUTHOR

      Avyukth Krishna 

      11 months ago from Bangalore

      Hey Nikhil,

      Thank you so much for your response. Like you've rightly mentioned, there are so many little things we do everyday that stops us from being mentally fit. We have to correct this at a grass root level by being conscious of the information we consume.

    • Avyukth profile imageAUTHOR

      Avyukth Krishna 

      11 months ago from Bangalore

      Hi Suchi,

      I completely agree with you. Right now, we are focusing too much on our physical health. We are ignoring the aspect of mental health completely. I am glad that you've found my article valuable. Thank you so much !

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      Shibangi Das 

      11 months ago from Paradeep, Jagatsinghpur, Odisha

      Well written article. Well done Avyukth! In this current situation many are going to mental health issues. And this article written is a perfect solution to their problems.

    • Sowrabha Mahesh profile image

      sowspeaks 

      11 months ago from Bengaluru

      Hi Avyukth, one more good offering from your end. Neatly summed up guide to maintaining mental sanity. Sensible and practical . Thanks for sharing.

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      Nikhil Sharma 

      11 months ago from India

      Hey, Avyukth!

      With this article, you've not only emphasized the importance of mental health but also suggested some really critical ways we should avoid to stay mentally fit. The negative news we read and watch day and night, the people we gossip about every now and then, all these have negative impact on our mind. And as the saying goes, what you feed your mind it will behave in such a way. That's why we should always look for the positive side of life and engage in motivational and inspirational stories.

      Really enjoyed reading your hub!! Looking forward to your next article.

    • Suchismita pradhan profile image

      Suchismita Pradhan 

      11 months ago from India

      Mental health is more important than physical heath these days, your article is sure shot click for those who are browsing internet for improving their mental health.Well researched and well structured article.keep writing.

    • Avyukth profile imageAUTHOR

      Avyukth Krishna 

      11 months ago from Bangalore

      That is so true, my friend. The problem is that we perceive only two stages of mental health, sane or insane. We need to start realising that there are so many things in between these two. Otherwise, it is like saying, you are either healthy or you have cancer. Once we start normalising therapy just like routine health check ups, the mental health of people will improve greatly.

      Thank you for your response !

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      Eric Dierker 

      11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I listened to a man on Friday who said if you think you are so good you do not need a therapist -- you need one.

      He was joking but made his point.

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