Did you know mental health is something you can actually increase? Here are the top practical strategies to ensuring mental health and how to see/notice potential warning signs.
Eat This, Not That! published 45 Doctors’ Own Mental Health Tips asserting that nurturing your mental health is just as important, if not more so, as your physical health. These expert-approved tips will keep you calm, happy, and focused.
Don’t Isolate Yourself
“Remaining in isolated during times of stress or depression is highly likely to increase whatever uncomfortable feelings and symptoms you are experiencing. Social interaction helps with normalizing feelings and the human experience; communicates that we are not alone and provides us with an opportunity to express negative emotions and feelings.” — Danielle Forshee, Psy.D, LCSW
Write Down Your Negative Self-Talk
“I would recommend you write down the exact thoughts you are having (literally, what are you saying to yourself in your head). This will help you objectively see the content of your thoughts so you can read them and “reframe” them; meaning, dispute the thoughts. Reframing will help you find more positive alternatives.” — Danielle Forshee, Psy.D, LCSW
“When stressed or depressed, it can feel almost impossible to find the motivation to get up and moving. Fatigue and decrease in motivation and energy can be a few of the many side effects of feeling stressed and depressed. One reason for feeling this way is that when we are depressed, our brains are likely not producing or releasing enough of the ‘neurotransmitter of happiness’ called serotonin. Countless studies have shown that exercise increases both serotonin production and release, and is the reason most feel better after they get out and moving.” — Danielle Forshee, Psy.D, LCSW
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