When it comes to health, we all have some idea of what’s required for us to lead and healthy and happy life. We think of weight loss and exercise, we think of a balanced diet. However, there is another side to health that is misunderstood and often ignored, and that’s mental health. Mental illness is actually quite common in the modern world, and the powers that be have a vested interest in stigmatizing these illnesses, so many of us suffer in silence. Even when the mentally ill do come forward, we’re so behind the eight ball that we simply can’t do much for them, and as is always the case with “Big Pharma,” the side effects can outweigh the good that these drugs have to offer. Therefore, it’s prudent to learn of some other ways to mitigate your mental illness symptoms that you can take care of on your own. Here are some suggestions.
First and foremost, mental stimulation is often tremendously helpful in treating anxiety and depression. Therefore, it can be good to simply mix up your life in some way. For example, simply taking more walks can get your creative juices flowing by offering a change in scenery, not to mention the exercise it entails. (More on that later.) You can also take up a hobby. Creative hobbies pair well with the above advice, of course. Or, you would simply enjoy someone else’s creations. Why not pay a visit to Barnes & Noble and find yourself a good read? Or, you could learn a more practical skill. Simply challenging your brain with new information is an important part of human life, and not doing so can often be the source of mental illness, so feed your brain.
Now, here’s the real trick to mental health. Mental Health and physical health are tied together intricately. Therefore, if anyone dismisses mental illness on the grounds that it’s somehow lesser than physical illness, one always becomes to the other. It’s hard to feel good emotionally if you feel terrible physically, after all, so the reverse is also true. As such, exercise is actually a great way to treat mental illness. As with the above advice, a lack of exercise can cause mental illness, and engaging in exercise can do wonders for your mental state. I can’t recommend taking a stroll every once in a while enough. It’s the best of both worlds, stimulating your body and your mind, and that’s the real take away here: your body and mind are connected, and you need to take care of both.