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7 ways to take care of your mental health

When emotionally and psychologically overwhelmed, an expert suggests seven ways to overcome stress and maintain a positive outlook. 

7 ways to take care of your mental health
Get enough sleep.
“The stress of this pandemic has really taken a toll on people, and everybody feels it,” Brain and Behavior Research Foundation president and chief executive Jeffrey Borenstein, MD said in an article published by the Brown Brothers Harriman. 

“It has especially challenging for those who already have pre-existing psychiatric conditions, which stress and social isolation both exacerbate.” 

The Benilde Well-Being Center lists down the expert advice of Dr. Borenstein on achieving and maintaining a positive outlook. 

Practice self-care

They say you cannot pour from an empty cup, so make sure to make yourself a priority. Eat a healthy diet, work out, get enough sleep.

Engage in activities that provide meaning

Partake in projects that are productive. Challenge your creativity and discover new hobbies – these may include making art, caring for pets and plants, taking an online class, and spending quality time with people special to you.

Meditate

Relaxation exercises can bring a positive state of mind and outlook on life. 

7 ways to take care of your mental health
Caring for pets and practicing mindfulness are some of the expert advice on achieving and maintaining a positive outlook. 
Disconnect from electronics and social media

Take time to unplug and disconnect from the constant stream of emails and alerts. This will help reduce the anxieties social media can often induce.

Avoid heavy substance use

Keep alcohol to a minimum. Avoid drugs. Substance use may hinder a stable home life and capability to handle life’s difficulties and relate to others. 

Volunteer

Explore individual and group volunteer opportunities. Helping others can enrich your life.

7 ways to take care of your mental health

Get help from a licensed mental health professional 

Should the need arise, seek help for it is a sign of strength – not a weakness.

Topics: Brain and Behavior Research Foundation , Jeffrey Borenstein , Brown Brothers Harriman

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