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Dr. Gloria Mendizabal-Piedra MD

(305) 823-2433

3986 W. 16 Avenue | Hialeah, FL 33012

5 Activities That Can Help Your Mental Health

Maintaining a healthy mind is just as important as keeping a healthy body. If you make a conscious effort concerning what you eat and what you put on your skin, you must also make an effort to protect yourself from mental illness.

Here are five activities that can help you stay mentally healthy and live a balanced life.

  1. Taking care of your body.

  • Stick to a nutritious diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free dairy, lean meats, poultry, fish, eggs, beans, and nuts.
  • Avoid sugary food.
  • Watch your caffeine intake.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Exercise for 30 minutes a few times a week.
  • Get at least 7 hours of sleep per night for adults and 9 hours for teens.
  • Get out and enjoy 15 minutes of sunshine per day.
  • Relax in a warm bath or get a massage once a week.
  1. Spending time with people.

Close personal relationships are crucial to living a happy and healthy life. Leave your phone at home for a day and disconnect from interruptions such as emails and television. Spend time with someone face-to-face. Do a fun activity with a friend.

Spending with others does not have to be limited to just the people you know. Volunteer your time and energy to help at a soup kitchen. It is a great way to meet new people, plus you will feel good helping someone in need.

If you have a personal experience with mental health challenges, sharing your story can help with your own recovery as well as provide support to others with similar issues.

  1. Regularly calming your mind.

  • Make time to meditate.
  • Write down the things you are thankful for.
  • Stay away from negative talk.
  • Keep a journal and write down your thoughts.
  • Maintain a room temperature between 60˚ and 67˚ Fahrenheit when sleeping.
  1. Changing your day to day routine.

Although following a to-do list can make us more efficient and prevent distractions, routines can get boring. A little change of pace can break up the monotony.

  • Plan a road trip with friends.
  • Walk in a different park.
  • Change your jogging route.
  • Redecorate your room.
  • Try a new restaurant.
  • Experiment with different recipes.
  • Visit another country.
  • Write a poem.
  • Work on therapeutic coloring books.
  • Take your pet for a walk.
  1. Minimizing alcohol consumption and drug use.

Recreational drugs and alcohol can change the way your brain works. They alter your chemical balance and change how you think, feel, and make decisions.

If you are feeling anxious, it is tempting to drink or take drugs as a coping mechanism. These addictive substances will plunge you into even more depression and make recovery much harder. If you develop an addiction, it will only aggravate an existing problem and require a more complicated treatment.

Instead of turning to the bottle, start your day with a cup of coffee. If you are trying to limit your caffeine intake, opt for green tea instead. Both coffee and tea are linked to lower rates of depression.

You may also boost brain power with a couple squares of dark chocolate. Flavonoids and theobromine in chocolate are known to improve alertness and mental skills.When you are looking for a Hialeah family doctor, come to GMP Medical. We will help you.

July 6, 2017 3:59 pm
Categories: Senior Health