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Quick Tips for A Long-lasting Mental Health

Updated on January 15, 2014
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We always talk about having a good mental health, yet no one really talks about what it is or how exactly it is taken care of. In a nutshell, a good mental health is when a person has a good sense of wellbeing. Every day, he’s able to function and feel confident to rise to a challenge when such opportunity turns up. Just like how we care for our physical health, there’s a long string of actions you can actually take to foster mental health.

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Connect with others.

The thing that tops the list is connecting with others. You ought to surround yourself with people who support and add meaning to your life. Put enough time and effort in building strong relationships, and you shall be rewarded. Learn how to keep them as personal relationships affect our wellbeing to the core. While at it, don’t forget to set aside some of your time for hobbies and projects you very much enjoy. Be spontaneous and creative when satisfying the urge. Take a walk in the park, read a book, doodle, play with your dogs – whatever tickles your fancy, really.

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Get involved & share your interests!

If you wish to do both, then your best bet is to get involved and share interests. Join a group of people whose leisure activities are similar to yours. This is important as it effortlessly provides a sense of belonging, which is always good for your mental health. Are you into sports? Then join a sports club. Do you want to get your mind off things? Then sign up for dance classes or join book clubs. Once you’ve got that ticked off on your list, consider contributing to your community. Volunteer your time for a cause you truly care about. Help out a neighbor, work in a community garden, or do something really nice for a friend. There’s plenty of ways to go about this, and the good news is, it will always help you feel better about yourself and hint you your place in the world.

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Challenge yourself.

Another thing you’d want to try is to challenge yourself. Learn a new skill or take on tasks to meet a goal. This could mean sticking with a fitness goal, learning a new language, or getting trained to cook new recipes. Develop skills and build up confidence as you go along to give yourself a sense of achievement of progress. Should stress hit you, man up and deal with it. Know that we all go through it, and that some just almost always know what to do: from doing relaxation breathing, down to meditation or yoga. The key here is to get some rest from time to time. Practice good habits to get better sleep. Refresh by sporadically letting your mind wander or daydream. Some days, it’s okay to do nothing.

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And ultimately, know how to live in the now. Be in the moment. Delight in simple joys. Make conscious efforts to be acquainted with your inner and outer world. And know that a worry-free life does not exist. Bumpy bits are always around the corner. While that can seem daunting, try to view these hurdles as challenges that actually have the potential to unlock great rewards.

It's never too late to change things up a bit! And in the event that you get worried about your mental health or a loved one’s, don’t hesitate to ask for help.

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    • denise.w.anderson profile image

      Denise W Anderson 

      4 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      These are great suggestions, and to the "normal" person, they make a lot of sense. Having come from the other side of the fence, though, having gone through mental health crises with myself and my family, they are really not that simple. Each one has multiple steps and skills, and requires resources to accomplish. If a person does not know how, or has not been taught, had the opportunity, or developed a desire, major hurdles must be crossed.

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