We recently celebrated the world mental health day to bring attention to the fact that mental health is an important topic. That’s because anxiety and depression are two of the most common health issues in the United States. And sadly, most people suffering from either do not seek professional help. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Most people silently deal with issues that create a chaos in their mind and leave them tossing and turning at night.
If you are one of the millions of people who suffers with a disturbed state of mind whether as a medical condition or not, you can take some steps to find your peace of mind.
The first step is to seek medical help. Because there is no alternative to visiting a doctor. Secondly, you can try a few lesser known ways that can bring you the mental peace you deserve. Let me introduce you to a few of them.
If you haven’t yet volunteered for something, it’s time that you give it a try. It may be out of your comfort zone but I can guarantee you that it will help bring your mental state to a happier place.
Many research and studies have found that people who volunteer are more happier overtime than those who do not. That’s because helping the community helps bring a sense of satisfaction in life. So, you not only help others but also boost your own mental health.
Try visiting the local shelters or help elderly people by delivering them groceries during this pandemic. Or you can also visit the local animal shelter. Playing with dogs and cats is scientifically proven to increase the levels of happy hormones in the body which reduces the level of stress and increases happy feelings.
Not a lot of people are aware that gardening can aid mental health. It is a mood boosting activity. Engaging in tilling, sowing or planting activities stabilizes negative feelings and kicks in happy hormones. It also acts as a distraction from all the negativity around you. Gardening gives you the company of nature so with time, you feel more attached to the plants.
When a plant blooms or bears fruit, it improves the mental state by developing the feelings of control and reward that might be missing in your life. So, if you have some space in your apartment to keep pots or have a backyard where you can practice gardening, you shouldn’t miss out on trying it.
The United States is presently dealing with a CBD wave. Every other person has found one or the other way in which CBD can help improve their life. Even Kim Kardashian loves it as a reliever of pain after wearing high heels all day.
Out of the many therapeutic benefits of CBD, anti-anxiety and anti-depression is one of them. CBD has the ability to react with your CB receptors and increase the levels of serotonin and other neurotransmitters. This aids in the reduction of anxiety and negative thoughts and improves your mental state.
One of the best ways for using CBD for mental health is by using CBD Vapes. It delivers effects quickly which makes it a good choice for situations that require immediate relief.
Cooking a Meal
Even burning a lasagna in your oven can be therapeutic. Who knew right?
Cooking or baking is a good way to channel your disturbed emotions in a positive way. In fact, cooking is proven to help people improve their psychological states. Choose a recipe online and follow it step by step. You can even pretend to be a host of a cooking show. I do that all the time.
Combining different ingredients together to create a delicious outcome gives a sense of control, reward and completion. You can try something new, be creative and even enjoy creating a mess. Basically, you can enjoy the process as well as the final result.
Cooking can also be a way to bond with your loved ones. You can get together with your family and friends and cook a meal that you can enjoy together. Spending time with the people you love and trust is always a good way to ease the mind.
Talking to Someone
Do you know why most people advise to talk to someone when feeling low or depressed? Because talking to someone helps reduce the buildup of chaos in the mind.
When you open up to a person, you may end up talking about the most repressed thoughts that may be troubling you or causing the anger or depression in your behavior. Talking helps in this case. This is why talking therapies exist which at times are more effective than medication.
You can try and talk to someone you trust or even a stranger. Either way, you will observe effective results.
If you feel that your mental peace is at stake for whatever reason, try uplifting yourself with the ways we’ve discussed. Take one at a time and see if it helps. Also, do not avoid visiting a professional.
Take care of yourself and give attention to your mental health because it is not a minor issue.