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Maintaining Positive Mental Health

Recent statistics show that one in seven adults in Singapore will experience a mental disorder in their lifetime — something that can range from mild to severe and affect people in lots of different ways.

People get tested in several ways when they are growing up, which leaves a dent on their mental health. Your mental health is much more than just a state of mind, it is a general perception of yourself and the world around you and it determines everything from your degree of satisfaction to your capacity to withstand daily stressors.

Anxiety and depression are one of the most common symptoms that people undergo while dealing with mental health concerns. Depression is a silent killer and can drain you of a lot of things: motivation, self-esteem, focus, decisiveness. The list can be long, and the very worst of these is when depression drains you of your will to live.

In this article, we will look at how one should turn these negative vibes into more positive elements of life that enables a healthy living.

Let Go of Bad Habits

It is common for individuals to “self-medicate” with mind-altering substances such as drugs or alcohol, but the fact is that these medications worsen the situation. Having said that, one should strive to form positive habits that leave a healthy impact on our surroundings.

Sleep Early

Research shows that sleep deprivation is directly related to a negative mood and altered mindset. You should allow yourself six to nine hours of sleep each night, depending on how much your body needs. To ensure you get a decent night’s rest, make it a habit to shut down any screens at least an hour before bedtime.

Find that Motivational Activity

Recent studies have shown that people who lack motivation tell themselves to find that ‘one thing’ that will keep them going. It could be anything ranging from cleaning a bookshelf to organizing your old cupboard of clothes. A single reminder of doing something daily can keep you off the hook for a long time. Find that right activity before you breakdown will keep you motivated and out of depression.

Provide Support

People who are struggling with mental health and depression need to be reassured that they are not alone. They should be told repeatedly that they are together in this with family and friends and they have their support. Providing an individual who may be struggling with their mental health with a support system can have a positive impact on their wellbeing.

Remove Toxic People from Your Life

Toxic individuals will pull you down in more ways than you know, whether they are friends, colleagues, or associates. You are not forced to have someone in your life, so if there is a person who makes you feel bad about yourself continuously, immediately break ties with them. Family help, on the other hand, is always the strongest, so aim to enhance that bond if you have a close relationship with family members.

Open Up

By opening up, you will inspire people and will build a stronger group, to speak up to you about their feelings. It can bring depression and alienation to an already frightening scenario because you feel like you are the only one going through something. You will not feel isolated by having honest, open discussions with someone experiencing the same thing.

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