Do these most days and it will help protect your mental health.
1. Dwell on the positive
Positive memories could be used as a way to help boost mental well-being, new research finds.
People in the study were asked to focus on positive social memories.
Participants focused on their own positive feelings from that memory as well as on the positive feelings of the other person.
The results showed that people felt socially safer and more positive and relaxed after the exercise.
At the same time feelings of guilt and fear were reduced.
2. Drink some tea
Tea is both calming and can make you feel more alert.
It improves cognitive performance in the short-term and may help fight Alzheimer’s in the long-term.
Finally, it is linked to better mental health.
I’ll raise a cup to that!
From: Tea: 6 Brilliant Effects on the Brain
3. Be calm about minor irritations
Dealing with the minor stresses and strains of everyday life in a positive way is key to long-term health, a new study finds.
The research found that people who remained calm or cheerful in the face of irritations had a lower risk of inflammation.
4. Don’t watch the news
Viewing violent news events on social media can cause symptoms similar to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
A recent study has found that almost one-quarter of individuals had PTSD-like symptoms from following events like 9/11 and suicide bombings on social media.
The more people viewed the events, researchers found, the greater the subsequent trauma they experienced.
5. Get your micronutrients
Despite consuming more calories than ever, many people do not get their recommended intake of brain-essential nutrients, a new study reports.
The study explains the best way of getting the required nutrients:
“A traditional whole-food diet, consisting of higher intakes of foods such as vegetables, fruits, seafood, whole grains, lean meat, nuts, and legumes, with avoidance of processed foods, is more likely to provide the nutrients that afford resiliency against the pathogenesis of mental disorders.”
6. Look out the window
People who live with a water view have better mental health, new research finds.
7. A little activity
Compared with inactivity, even ‘mild’ levels of physical activity are linked to 50% better mental health, a new study finds.
The more exercise people performed, the more protected they were against mental disorders, the research also found.
But both low and high levels of exercise were also linked to more than 50% reductions in the risk of suffering mental illness compared with being inactive.
8. Brush your teeth
Brushing your teeth regularly could reduce the risk of dementia by more than one-quarter, new research finds.
People with fewer than 20 teeth are 26% more likely to develop cognitive problems that could lead to Alzheimer’s.
It is thought that chewing increases the blood-flow to the brain, thereby improving memory.
About the author
Psychologist, Jeremy Dean, PhD is the founder and author of PsyBlog. He holds a doctorate in psychology from University College London and two other advanced degrees in psychology.
He has been writing about scientific research on PsyBlog since 2004. He is also the author of the book “Making Habits, Breaking Habits” (Da Capo, 2003) and several ebooks:
- Accept Yourself: How to feel a profound sense of warmth and self-compassion
- The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic
- Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything
- Activate: How To Find Joy Again By Changing What You Do
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