When your mind is in the right place, you can achieve a lot. For centuries society has ignored mental health issues until it became an epidemic. Comedian Louis CK once said, “Everything is amazing, and no one is happy.” His words stuck to me. I have suffered depression and chronic anxiety, and I am not ashamed to admit it. That’s me standing up to myself, looking into the eyes of my demon and saying, “You no longer have control over me.”
In my experience, good mental health can be sustained by simple things. These simple things have to be a habit for you to believe in yourself.
Get enough sleep
Lack of sleep can wreak havoc inside your body, and you won’t even understand why you are feeling the way you are. I agree stress can get the better of you. To get proper sleep, eat a supper which increases the melatonin levels in your body. My advice is to eat 5-10 pistachios one hour before sleep. Don’t rely on medicines; nature is the best cure and prevention.
Cut off or avoid Alcohol, drugs, and smoking
There was a time I was dependant on escaping reality through substances. Drinking, drugs, and smoking are fun for a while, but they take the best years of your life and fill your body with toxins that manipulate your mind into self-destruction. Think of them as parasites living in your body trying to stay alive by demanding more and more of your lifeblood. Next time you feel low in confidence or depressed, observe is it you or the drugs talking?
Exercise and eat healthy
Exercising boosts the hormones that stimulate a good mood, eliminate toxins from your body, and you will automatically become more rational, focused, and creative. You will eat better, keeping your gut healthy. Make note that most of our mood depends on our gut health. Keeping your stomach healthy is key to achieving strong mental health. Yoga is even better. Your mind and body will become one, and the factors that stress you out will have a worthy foe. Remember, good health attracts positivity and good fortune. That’s the law of nature.
Be kind to others
There is a saying, “Everyone is fighting a battle that you don’t know about.” I couldn’t agree more. You can never find true happiness if you are selfish. Kindness is the essence of love. You treat others the way you feel about yourself. Helping people will change your perception of life and yourself. You will be more thankful; which is the seed that grows into strong mental health. Never forget, “Mind over matter.”