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4 Ways to Take Care of Your Mental Health

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A study, which was published by Dr. Michael Freeman in 2015, found that almost half of people who started the company for the past few years have trouble in managing some form of mental illness, while 72% of entrepreneurs have been affected by mental health concerns.

However, it is said that one in four adults would have to deal with mental disorder in his/her life. The trend of increasing anxiety, helplessness, depression, and how to tackle mental health issues attracts immense preoccupation.

If you find this article, I believe this is the right place you can find answers on interesting ways to take care of your mental health.

1. Practice Meditation

If you are experiencing anxiety or panic attacks now, the psychological therapist suggests that meditation is one of the most important ways to deal with your feelings of fear.

Numerous empirical tests demonstrated meditation to be effective for tackling anxiety.

Now, before going to sleep, spare five minutes, center yourself by focusing on the physical situation of your body, take a deep breath, and observe what’s going through your body. Once you find a negative thought come out, tell yourself that it’s ok.

Observe it as a train coming through a station, then leaving, taking away the negative thought.

2. Create a Journal

Sammi Cheng, one of the most famous singers in Hong Kong, had experienced severe depression once before. She said in her journal that during the time of her 3-year-battle with depression, she painted every time she felt depressed.

Keeping a journal, or recording your feelings by either drawing or writing can be regarded as an effective way to recover from depression.

You may wonder how journaling can help improve mental health. Above all, it is imperatively necessary to understand how it works.

A journal is like a recorder that allows you to analyze why you feel upset. According to Cynthia McKay, a psychotherapist from Denver, journals can help you explore those negative thoughts, such as being upset or having fear, you didn’t even realize existed.

There are various methods for journaling.

The most common way is to write down your feelings when you spend time observing yourself. Trace your feelings back to that root of thinking that triggers your negative thought.  Talk yourself into changing your way of thinking when you are faced with such feelings again.

3. Keep a Healthy Daily Routine

Despite many people living at such an intense pace, it cannot be an excuse for biorhythm upset.

People usually neglect the importance of a healthy daily routine. This leads to a sub-healthy mental condition which becomes a normal phenomenon.

However, it has been proven that there’s a positive correlation between a good daily routine and mental health. A good, healthy daily routine includes good quality of sleep, regular exercise, healthy diet, etc.

Therefore, check yourself and see if you have formed a habit of positive self-discipline.

4. Don’t forget Self-talk

We care about our friends, families, lover, and pets. What about ourselves? No one cares about you more than yourself.

There is a way you can transform your negative thoughts and feelings into positive ones —- Self-talk.

Tell yourself that you are excellent enough and deserve compliments and respect.

Tell yourself that it’s just a wrong feeling when you experience panic attacks.

Tell yourself that yesterday has passed and tomorrow has not come yet.

Forming a habit of self-talk can, to some extent, train you to become an optimistic person. In the long run, you will see how powerful self-talk can be.

By: Grace C. Sui

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