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5 Things You Can Do for Your Mental Health.

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1. Value yourself: Treat yourself with kindness and respect, and avoid self-criticism. Make time for your hobbies and favorite projects, or broaden your horizons. Do a daily crossword puzzle, plant a garden, take dance lessons, learn to play an instrument or become fluent in another language.

2. *Taking care of yourself* physically can improve your mental health. Be sure to: Eat nutritious meals, Avoid cigarettes, Get enough sleep.

3. Surround yourself with good people: People with strong family or social connections are generally healthier than those who lack a support network.

4. Quiet your mind: Try meditating, Mindfulness and/or prayer. Relaxation exercises and prayer can improve your state of mind and outlook on life.

5. Get help when you need it: Seeking help is a sign of strength — not a weakness. And it is important to remember that treatment is effective. People who get appropriate care can recover from mental illness and addiction and lead full, rewarding lives.

*Adapted from the National Mental Health Association/National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare

If you are facing any issues, Please make an appointment with Dr. Safiya of Mind and Brain Hospital.

5 Ways to Clear Your Mind of Negative Thoughts

Girl meditating in pose of lotus on beachAt some point or another, we’ve all been stuck in “rut thinking,” where negative thoughts play over and over in our minds. It’s an uncomfortable place to be, but when you’re in it, getting out sometimes feels impossible.  The next time you’re plagued by negative thinking, try any or all of these 5 tips for clearing your mind of negative thoughts. 

5 Ways to Clear Your Mind of Negative Thoughts

1. Sit up straight: Although it’s true that our body language reflects what’s happening in our minds, the opposite can also be true: our minds can also reflect what’s happening in our bodies. If you’re having trouble letting go of negative thinking, try changing your posture or relaxing the muscles in your hands or face.

2. Breathe slowly and deliberately: Taking deep, slow breaths helps in a couple of different ways. For one, breathing slowly requires concentration, so it draws your mind away from negative thoughts. And two, slowing down your breathing reduces stress and activates your body’s natural relaxation response.

3. Make a gratitude list: If you’ve ever tried to tell a young child to stop doing something in a given moment, you may have noticed that the only thing that really works is redirection. You offer them something better or otherwise turn their attention elsewhere. Making a gratitude list has a similar effect when it comes to redirecting the mind away from negative thinking.

4. Color in a coloring book: Adult coloring books have become an important tool for many people looking to decrease their stress and anxiety. Many psychologists recommend it for their patients as an alternative to meditation because it produces a similar calming effect.

5. Take a walk: Stepping out of doors and engaging in some kind of physical activity is a great way to combat negative thinking.

Having trouble clearing your mind of negative thinking? 

If you’ve tried unsuccessfully to empty your mind, divert your thoughts, and do things that bring you pleasure, but still haven’t been able to clear your mind of negative thinking, it may be a sign of depression, anxiety or other mental disorder.

Then it’s time to make an appointment with Dr. Safiya M.SMind and Brain Clinic, Bangalore – 92

 

These simple life hacks could change your Mental Health

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1. Wake up at the same time every day (yes, even on weekends): People that sleep in longer on Saturday and/or Sunday morning are more likely to suffer from hypertension, sluggishness and fatigue.

2. Don’t press snooze: That extra 15 minutes of fake shuteye actually does more harm than good. Not only are you disturbing your natural circadian sleep rhythms, but hitting snooze tricks your body into going back into a deep sleep. Just get up.

3. Cinnamon stick it: Ditch the demerara and try a sprinkle of cinnamon in your coffee. Not only will it help you cut back on sugar, it will also lower your cholesterol, improve brain function and is packed with antioxidants for a better life.

4. Download Elevate: Candy Crush is not going to make you a better person. Instead, download brain-training app Elevate. Apple’s App Of The Year offers daily cognitive training challenges that exercise your mind and make you smarter.

5. And slow down (when you eat): Eating too quickly is obviously bad for digestion, but the bigger issue is that it takes about 20 minutes after you start eating for your brain to realise you’re no longer hungry.

6. Write down the good stuff: According to psychologist Martin Seligman, at the end of the day you should take ten minutes to write down three good things that happened to you and how they made you feel. You end your day feeling positive, no matter what else happened.