Mind full or Mindful?
Similar sounding words yet so apart. Mental health can also be summarized between the two parallels.
A recent study has suggested that an individual has 6,200 thoughts per day. Out of the ocean of thoughts that the mind stays submerged in, 90 per cent of thoughts are of no consequence or trash; only 10 per cent is a result of our mindful practice. The onus of which direction to tilt for a healthy well being lays with us.
Dr Roma Kumar, senior consultant psychologist & vice-chairperson Gangaram Hospital New Delhi, shows the direction to create healthy habits for a heady lifestyle.
Sleep plays a very significant role in keeping our mental health balanced. Erratic sleeping cycles and less than 7-8 hours of sound sleep can often not leave you in the best frame of mind or spirits. Ensure you switch off your TV & keep your gadgets aside timely to snooze away to good physical & mental health.
Build your Support System
Your family and friends (not virtual friends) make the inner layer of our mental stability and comfort. Speak to them in person, and not judge yourself if you are not feeling fine, it’s okay. Do not shirk away from reaching out to a counsellor if you need further professional support.
Self-love is crucial. It is not selfish if you give time to yourself. Break old conditioning if any, and fill your cup first. One cannot pour or share anything with the other person; however, close the relation be, if the cup of self is empty.
Exercise, not a choice!
Physical exercise reboots not just body fitness but releases happy hormones. Exercise reduces levels of the body’s stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. It also stimulates the production of endorphins, chemicals in the brain that are the body’s natural painkillers and mood elevators.
Read Well, Stay Well
A good book can uplift your spirits in ways unknown to you. Grab some positive literature – fiction, comics, self-help books, anything that can leave you feeling positive and refreshed after a long day.