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Simple day to day tips that can help you restore your psychological well being

Maintaining and restoring your psychological well-being, which is also commonly referred to as your mental health, is essential. Your psychological well-being has to do with the way you feel about your life, the quality of your relationships and your capability to handle your emotions well. Your psychological well-being is important because it affects and influences the way you treat yourself and others around you. It also influences your capacity to handle challenging situations that cause stress.

Because your psychological wellbeing is so important, it is essential to monitor your psychological health on a regular basis so as to ensure that you take action when you hit a rough patch.  Contrary to popular belief, your psychological wellbeing is not just impacted by staying free of anxiety, depression or any other psychological issue- it is actually about recognizing the positive and negative characteristics in one’s life so that one can live a purpose-filled existence. People that have a good psychological well-being have:

  • A sense of contentment.
  • A meaning and purpose in life, whether in their work or relationships.
  • Are flexible to learn, grow and adapt to changing situations.
  • Are able to have fun and enjoy themselves.
  • High levels of confidence and self-esteem.
  • Are able to build and maintain healthy and positive relationships.

Your psychological health is, believe it or not, just as important as your physical health.  If you are feeling off balance, here are some simple day to day tips that can help you restore your psychological well-being:

Call a friend

People that enjoy strong bonds of friendship or strong family ties are generally at a better place than people that lack a supportive network. Listening and talking to someone is one of the best and most inexpensive ways to restore your mood and deal with stress. Calling a friend, who is a good listener, and one that will not judge or criticize you can help immensely. If you do not have a supportive network, there are easy ways nowadays to build a support network. People such as neighbors or a fellow customer standing at the checkout line can make great new friends.

Workout

You may have heard this said over and over before, but exercise is important, especially in this stressful contemporary society.  When you exercise, your body releases endorphins that can help to relieve stress and boost your mood. Because of this, exercise is often recommended for dealing with psychological conditions such as anxiety, stress and even depression. You do not have to be frenetic about exercise to get the best out of it; simple activities such as walking short distances daily can make a huge difference to your emotional and mental health.

Learn how to handle failure

Failure tends to impact the way we perceive ourselves, which can affect someone’s self-confidence and self-esteem levels negatively. As a result of the loss of motivation due to failure, it is easy to feel passive and helpless. To combat these negative feelings, you should review your goals again and some of the strategies that you used to get there to avoid making the same mistake. It helps to note down everything that is in your control such as planning, preparation and the effort that you put in, which will help you balance any defeatist thoughts that you may have about yourself and your capabilities.

Eat something that makes you happy

Your choice of food not only nourish your body but it can also help to make you feel great. For instance, when carbohydrates are consumed in small amounts, they have been known to have a calming effect on your overall mood. Foods that are high in protein, on the other hand, increase the levels of tyrosine and dopamine in your system which keeps you alert while veggies and fruits are filled with nutrients that feed your cells, including those that affect the distribution of mood-regulating chemicals.

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