Don't Neglect Your Mental Health, an Integral Part of Overall Health and Fitness

How can we Combat Mental Illness ourselves? These Tips Can Help: mental.jpg
  1. Be communicative. Express your feelings in a non-threatening, non-combative way to significant people in your life, including your family, friends and business associates. Don't wait for the pressure to build and then blow your top. Catch the anger or concern before it causes you stress.
  2. Find time for yourself, alone, every day even if it's just 10 minutes in the bathtub or 20 minutes walking or working out at the gym. Spend the time in constructive ways such as meditating, listening to soothing music or just enjoying nature.
  3. Don't try and keep up with the Jones'. Seeking material things is healthy until it becomes more important than human things such as sharing time with loved ones, enjoying a sunset or catching some rays at the beach. Find work you love and do it with a happy heart.
  4. Build a network of trusted friends with whom you can share ideas, joys and sorrows. Remember to give as well as to receive.
  5. Avoid unhealthy relationships that make you feel "blue" or inadequate. No matter what the price, get out of these situations.
  6. Do some physical activity every day, whether it be gardening, washing the car, walking or working out. Studies have shown physical exertion releases endorphins in the body that produce good feelings.
  7. Share life with someone you love.
  8. Be true to yourself.