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Simple ways to maintain positive mental health

Posted by Tintin Sealey

beach-leisure-ocean-1770310 Staying healthy is more about going to the gym, getting abs and joining the Instagram fitness culture. 
When we think of a healthy lifestyle, we tend to think of one that makes us physically fit rather than one that gives us emotional stability. Our health trends tend to focus on making us look good rather than feel good. Truth is, when it comes to being healthy, mental health is as important as physical health. These are the simple things you can do to maintain a healthy mind.
Eat well and exercise
Sounds boring but, well, it really works. Nutritious food fuels your body and brain with good energy, and working out gives you a good endorphin boost, all of which uplifts your mood and make you feel great. So if you’re up for looking and feeling better, try swapping those ready-to-eat microwave meals to real foods (like vegetables, fresh fruits and grains), drink plenty of water and stick to exercises you enjoy. Turning down that glass of wine may be hard, but cutting back on alcohol would help as well.
Quiet your mind
Sitting still and thinking about nothing doesn’t sound like a lot of fun, but do it anyway. Meditation does wonders to your brain and mental health. It’s a good way to combat stress and can give you better sleep, lower blood pressure, enhanced self-awareness, and longer attention span; and yes, all you have to do is sit still and think about nothing. Consider the amount of thought our brains process per day, it’s a nice idea to give them a break once in a while.
Put your phone down
Many studies have found that social media use can negatively impact our mental health, but even without experts, I think we can all agree on that. While it helps us connect with our friends, family and favorite singers, scrolling through our Facebook and Instagram feed can hurt our self-esteem sometimes. A better option may be to replace our phone scrolling sessions with other activities we enjoy or just simply learning to spend time alone without the screen sometimes.
Spend time with others
Whether it’s friends, family, pets or people in your community, spending time with others can also benefit your mental health and well-being. Opening up to close friends about what is stressing you out is also a good way to get it out of your head (where things usually seem worse), gain a sense of support and feel less alone.