Taking care of your mental health

Updated: May 22, 2020

In 2020, a new virus came our way, Corona virus. It is a deadly virus which has spread across the world, claiming thousands of lives and infecting lakhs and it has forced people to completely lock themselves in their homes. The frustration is only adding up everyday along with anxiety, stress, fear and depression among other things. Almost everyone is suffering during this phase be it mentally, physically or financially. Everyday there is a challenge to spend the day peacefully.

Sick of being quarantined and unable to take care of your mental health? I’ll suggest you some of the practices to take care of your mental health.

1) Taking a goodnight’s sleep. ( 8 hours sleep, how to have good sleep)

Researchers have found that the person who is unable to sleep at night and sleeps all day may be suffering from depression. So, try getting good sleep at night. TIPS :

  1. To sleep at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning.

  2. Avoid naps after 3 PM.

  3. Stay away from caffeine late in the day.

  4. Avoid nicotine completely.

  5. Get regular exercise.

  6. Keep your phone away while sleeping.

2) Start meditating ( I swear it’ll do wonders to you)

It will not give you result over night but with time you’ll see yourself turning into a calm person. Meditation brings clarity in thoughts.

Tips for simple meditation for beginners: A) Technique 1

  1. Sit comfortably.

  2. Close your eyes.

  3. Take deep breathes ( Count till 4 while breathing in, Hold till count 4 and count till 4,breathe out)

  4. Focus your attention on the breathe.

  5. Do it for 15 min everyday.

B) Technique 2

  1. Sit comfortably.

  2. Close your eyes.

  3. Pronounce AUM (Position your mouth as you would say the vowel “U”. With your mouth position unchanged, start pronouncing AUM. This is where the throaty “O” comes from. Finish with “M” as deep humming.)

  4. Do it for 15-20 min everyday.

3) Exercising ( Taking good care of your body boost up your mood)

Exercise affects the brain in many ways.

  1. It increases heart rate, which pumps more oxygen to the brain. It also enhances the effects of helpful brain chemicals and reduces stress hormones.

  2. Exercise improves mood and sleep, and reduces stress and anxiety. Problems in these areas frequently cause or contribute to cognitive impairment.

  3. Exercises improve the quality of your nighttime sleep, especially when done on a regular basis.

4) Reading Novels ( helps in mental stimulation)

  1. Regular readers sleep better; have lower stress levels, higher self-esteem, and lower rates of depression than non-readers.

  2. A book put you in better mood and relaxes your mind and soul. At the end of the hectic stressful day, all you need is a cup of coffee and a good book to keep you peaceful.

  3. Reading is a better stress buster than any therapy.

5) Healthy eating (Good nutrition is not just for body but for your mind and emotions.)

Improving your diet may help you to:

  1. Improve your mood.

  2. Give you more energy.

  3. Help you think more clearly.

When stressed, lost in a problem take deep breathe for two mi

nutes and just pay attention to the breathing activity. This will calm your body down and bring your mind back into the present moment again.

“Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thank you.

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