I am happy to share that today we have a wonderful guest post written by Lucy from Mind Your Zen. In this post, Lucy shares actionable advice to help you best mind your mental health to help you stay calm!
Without further ado, I will turn it over to Lucy!
Mind Your Mental Health: A Guide to Help You Stay Calm
In all the homilies and analogies about life, they all agree that it is filled with difficulty. No matter who you are or how much money you have, no one is immune to problems. How you respond to life’s issues makes the difference.
Out of the estimated 50,000 thoughts we have each day experts opine that at least 70% of them are negative. To stay calm in everyday situations, you must train your mind.
Here are some helpful pointers to bring more peace and harmony into your life:
Think of your body as a fine-tuned engine. It must have the proper fuel to run, and it should be maintained if it is to last a long time. In his article from US News and World Report, investigative reporter Michael Moss found that most us are hooked on junk food. In fact, says Moss, an average of 11% of American’s calories is from saturated fat. Putting bad fuel in our bodies will eventually ruin them.
Proper diet can actually calm your nerves. The vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants benefit your body’s cells — including those in the brain. When you eat a healthy diet, you have more energy and less stress.
Staying Fit to Stay Calm
Along with a healthy diet, consider exercising. It will tone your body, increase your energy, and lower your stress. Physical and mental wellness can combat anxiety and make you calmer.
Before starting any exercise regimen, talk to your doctor to find out what is best for you. Even walking around the neighborhood or through your city park has its benefits. Walking is great for your cardiovascular system, reports the Mayo Clinic. It can also boost your immune system and improve your mood, which will encourage calmness.
Get Enough Sleep
Do you get enough sleep at night? Many Americans report that they do not. Some say that they have problems going to sleep, and wake up a lot during the night, says the source. Lack of sleep negatively affects people’s health.
If you are sleep deprived, you may feel more stressed during the day. One reason why many people lose sleep is sleep apnea. When it is not treated, says the source, it can lead to a host of medical and psychological problems. A sleep specialist can run tests on you to see if you suffer from this common ailment.
Want some more peace in your life? Make sure that you get enough sleep. Although we all differ in how much is needed, the average is 7.5 to 8 hours a night. While you sleep, your whole body relaxes and the cells reboot. Deep, REM sleep benefits the brain and refreshes your moods. At times when you feel stressed out, a little nap may be the thing that calms you down.
When you see the burdens of other people, yours may not look as heavy. Giving back to your community helps the needy and makes you feel wonderful. Healthrevisor recommends volunteering to reduce stress. The source also says that reaching out to others benefits our physical and mental health.
Find ways in your community that you can do some good. Whether it is volunteering at a soup kitchen or sending cards to homebound people, you help yourself when you help others. It is a valuable lesson to teach to your children.
Finding Your Higher Power
Whether you perceive it as a divine being or the universe, it helps to look to a higher power when you feel stressed. A Pew Research study revealed that at least 55% of Americans pray. You really do not have to be a religious person to pray. It is a helpful way of acknowledging the pressures you feel throughout the day.
Prayer can also be considered a type of meditation. It gives you a sense of calm as you allow yourself just to “be” in the moment. Many people report that they feel calmer and have greater clarity after praying or meditating.
Find a comfortable place where you will not be disturbed. Put your phone on voicemail and turn off any other technology for a few minutes. Close your eyes and allow your thoughts to pass over you — like clouds. Acknowledge them, and let them pass. Practice deep breathing as you meditate in the stillness. When you make meditation part of your daily routine, you may find new ways of looking at your problems.
Staying calm helps you make better decisions and creates a zen lifestyle that you need. While you may never completely eliminate stress from your life, you can use these tools to keep it at a minimum.
Life is too short to stress it away. Calmness makes the difference between simply existing and thriving.
Lucy Miller is a nutrition student, marathon runner, and a passionate writer for Mind Your Zen, a brain nutrition supplement brand. She contributes on a number of blogs sharing useful health tips from her research as a nutrition student. She can be reached at [email protected]