Powerful Tips For Maintaining Mental Health Despite Adversity

Powerful Tips For Maintaining Mental Health Despite Adversity

People with mental health conditions are more likely to experience poor physical health than people without, but the reverse is also true: People with poor physical health are more likely to experience mental illness. Mind and body aren’t two separate entities. They’re connected.

Treating your physical health can reduce your chances of developing mental health issues in the future, and it’s been shown that taking care of your mental health can improve your physical health as well.

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Try these 6 small steps every day to maintain a healthy mind:

1. Walk 20 minutes every day. Exercise has been shown to improve mood, reduce stress, and even help you sleep better. Start by taking short walks every day to get in the habit, and work up to longer sessions as you see fit. Try walking with a friend or bringing music along for company — whatever makes it enjoyable for you!

2. Get enough good-quality sleep. Good sleep is crucial to maintaining a healthy mind, and it’s important for both physical and mental health. Sleep reduces stress, boosts memory and cognitive functioning, improves immune system functions, improves mood, and much more. So make sure you’re getting enough sleep every night — somewhere between seven and nine hours is ideal for most people.

3. Take time for yourself – It is so important to have time every day to relax, unwind and de-stress. It could be as simple as taking a walk in nature, sitting quietly and breathing deeply or focusing on your breathing for a few minutes while lying down. Focus on the present moment and clear your thoughts by not thinking about anything at all. 

4. Wake up early. Waking up early gives you a head start on the day so there’s less stress and more time to get things done. It also helps alleviate anxiety by keeping future problems at bay for a few hours longer. 

Anna Daniels

Anna is an avid blogger with an educational background in medicine and mental health. She is a generalist with many other interests including nutrition, women's health, astronomy and photography. In her free time from work and writing, Anna enjoys nature walks, reading, and listening to jazz and classical music.

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