For a longer and a more fulfilling life, one must look into ways to improve mental health. Besides your heart, your brain is the most important part of your body because it is the control room that instructs other parts of your body towards their normal functions. Your thoughts can affect your physical and emotional well being.
In fact, several schools of thought insist your thoughts and the state of your mind are in direct correlation to the manifestations of happiness, wealth or health. Despite this information, many people do not pay attention to maintaining a healthy mind as they do a healthy body.
Usually, mental health therapy deals with promoting a healthy mind. It also deals with the treatment of disorders of the mind such as chronic depressions, delusions, other disorders such as anorexia, agoraphobia and hypochondria among others.
Your attitude can greatly affect your mind. A sense of humor can help you cope with stressful or life changing situations. The same can be said about keeping a positive outlook on life and not succumbing to despair. Surrounding yourself with people who love you and having social activities outside of your home are also good ways to maintain a positive attitude. Studies have shown that people with positive attitudes tend to be more resilient and may even live longer than those who do not.
Certain foods have been known to improve certain functions of the brain. Vitamins like B1 can improve concentration, vitamin B3, C and Selenium can help with depression and stress, while B5 and B12 are great for students as they promote memory retention. Omega 3 Fatty acids help with memory retention and depression as well.
These vitamins can be found in bananas, mushrooms, brown rice, oats, wholegrain bread, broccoli and citrus fruits. Chicken and fish are also great sources of nutrition for your brain.
Exercise is a wonderful way to reduce stress. It also releases endorphins which are hormones responsible for feeling good. It also reduces cholesterol allowing your heart to pump much needed oxygenated blood to your brain and other areas of your body. Recent studies have shown that exercise is also linked to improved memory in humans.
Some illnesses like malaria or advanced syphilis may affect the brain if left untreated. Others like Alzheimer’s may completely rob you of your memory. These types of illnesses must be brought to the attention of medical practitioners as soon as they are suspected so that their effects are eliminated or minimized.
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