20 Jul 16 ways to improve your mental health
via the Huffington Post by Lindsay Holmes
New Year’s resolutions often focus on improving physical health, but what if you focused on mental health this year?
While the culture at large often dismisses mental self-care, in part because of the stigma against those facing mental illness, emotional well-being is a priority for everyone: One in four people globally will experience a mental health issue at some point in his or her life.
But even if you aren’t facing an issue like anxiety or depression, focusing on your mental well-being could still make 2016 the best year yet. Mental health affects how you think, feel and act on a daily basis, as well as influences how you handle stress, make decisions and connect with others.
If you’re set on making a vow for improvement next year, add mental health to the top of your priority list. Here are some easy ways to do that:
1. Talk to your doctor.
The first initial step of any health transformation is to consult a medical professional about the appropriate steps to take. General physicians are able to offer depression screenings (in fact, some even recommend that they should be a requirement) and mental health consultations. They can then refer you to a clinician who is able to tailor to your specific needs.
2. Practice gratitude.
Life’s so much better when you’re acknowledging the bright side. Research suggests that expressing what you’re thankful for — from your dog to your favorite song on the radio — will improve your mental well-being. Looking for some suggestions? Here are 100 things many people forget to be grateful for on a regular basis.
3. Try meditation.
Meditation is no longer some New Age fad that’s too intimidating to try. The practice has a host of health benefits, from better concentration to — yep — improved mental well-being. There are multiple methods of meditation that offer varying degrees of investment. That being said, the practice doesn’t have to be complicated: Try just setting aside five minutes for meditation when you wake up or before you go to bed. You’ll likely either start or end your day on a positive note…
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