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To say 2020 was tough on people would be an understatement. The world at large faced a major health crisis following the outbreak of coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19. News of a pandemic breaking, deaths, sudden lockdowns led to a fear that caused many to suffer from mental health issues. But one thing 2020 taught us was how important it is to take care of your physical as well as mental health. On that note, let's begin the new year, 2021 with taking care of your mental health.
As people suffered from depression, anxiety, stress, loneliness and fear throughout 2020, we look upon some ways that will help you be better in 2021. Remember, neglecting your mental health can lead to more serious complications like heart diseases, hypertension, obesity, weak immunity, respiratory issues and even death. Here are some ways that can help you boost your mental health.
Sunlight is a great source of vitamin D, which is an important vitamin for your brain. Getting enough sunlight helps the brain release endorphins and serotonin, which will improve your mood and overall mental health.
One thing last year taught is the importance of eating the right foods. Eating well will not only keep mental health diseases at bay but also alleviate the risk of infections. Focus on eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, along with foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids to boost mental health. Nuts, legumes, green veggies and beans are also excellent brain foods.
Sleep deprivation can affect your psychological state and take a toll on your mental health. Get plenty of sleep to regulate the chemicals in our brain that manage our mood and emotions. If you don't get enough sleep, you deprive yourself of the essential nutrients and push yourself towards mental health problems like depression and anxiety.
Managing stress is often unavoidable, but you can look out for the triggers and work on them. Think of stress as a challenge that you need to overcome. When you are able to manage stress, you feel more energetic, will perform better and will be at a lower risk of depression and anxiety.
Being active is one of the most important things to do that not only helps boost mental health but improve physical health as well. It will help eliminate mood swings, anxiety, stress and feeling tired and lazy.
Staying connected with people and maintaining good relationships is important to boost your self-esteem. It will also give you some support that will help you feel great.
Do you like painting? Do you love dancing? Try to make time for doing things that you enjoy and do it as much as you can. Spending time doing what relaxes you and gives you some peace is what you need to do to alleviate the risk of developing problems like stress, anxiety and depression.
Never feel embarrassed to ask for help. Reach out to your loved ones or a professional to address problems that might lead to mental health issues.
Wishing you a happy and healthy new year 2021!