3 Ways to Take Care of Our Mental Health

According to the Mental Health Foundation: “Mental health problems are one of the main causes of the overall disease burden worldwide.” The Foundation also noted from its sources that “1 in 6 people in the past week experienced a common mental health problem.”  

These facts point out to us how prevalent mental health problems are today. And while these facts are alarming, I do believe that we can also do something to ensure that we and our loved ones can aim for as well as maintain sound mental health. Here are 3 ways which I believe could help us to journey towards a healthy mental state:

  1. Take care of yourself. This may sound very basic but I think this is key in keeping ourselves healthy in all aspects of our lives, including mentally. We need to get enough rest and sleep, eat well and live an active lifestyle.
  2. Maintain healthy relationships. How is your relationship with your family, loved ones? Are you asking:is love enough in your relationship? Unresolved issues in the family and your loved ones can be a burden emotionally, mentally. We need to face such issues; we also need to nurture these relationships for our good and for their good.
  3. Avail of counselling and therapy. We are not meant to carry our burdens alone. Consider getting counselling or therapy during times of challenges, crisis. Nowadays, you can even avail of online therapy. You can no longer say then that you do not have time to go out and get some therapy. You can now access online therapy from your office, from your home.

May it be indeed that we take care of ourselves: physically, emotionally. spiritually and yes, mentally. When we take care of our bodies, our minds, our hearts – we are able to continue living with passion and with purpose.

Our Hobbies and Our Health

People who have hobbies are generally healthier, and have a lower risk of depression and dementia. This is what research has shown, according to licensed industrial and organizational psychologist Joyce E. A. Russell.

To have a hobby is then for our good. And given its positive effect on us, we can also say in the end that having one will also be beneficial for our families, our loved ones. After all, they are the first ones who are affected in the event that our health and our well-being will go downhill.

So what are your hobbies? What do they involve? Here are three hobbies which I believe mean fun for you and me and might not even be that hard on our pockets:

Reading.  In this day and age of advanced (and advancing!) technology, accessing cheap and even free reading material has never been made this easy. Much thanks, of course, to the internet. And yes, should you love reading “on paper”, you can always wait for a book sale to get great books and at a great price. Reading can help you gain knowledge, information and it can also widen your perspective in life. It can even set free your creative mind to explore more and even create something.

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Listening to Music. Again, thanks to technology, we can access so much music to listen to online. We can also travel back in time as we listen to the music of the past. And yet not far behind in listening to music can be the growing desire to play or perform music! This can mean investing in a music instrument or two or even on a gadget that can be of help to you such as the apc40, check it out at MusiciansFriend.com

Collecting. This can be collecting stamps, coins, postcards. There are as many things to collect depending really on one’s interest and well, budget. You need not invest that much money as you collect simple things such as foreign coins whenever you have the chance to travel. I think one good side of this hobby is that in the event you may need cash, some of the things you collect might be, can be bought by other collectors.

There are many more hobbies that you can choose to enjoy now. And it can be both a delightful and healthy thing to have a hobby. It can also be a good thing to remember though that like most, if not all, things in life, it also needs to be pursued with a dose of moderation. By this I mean that it should not lead us that far away from our loved ones nor should it lead us to spend more than what we could really afford.