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MAKING YOUR MENTAL HEALTH YOUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY

If you are asked to choose between wealth and health, what would you pick? Questions like this would almost put anyone on the crossroad of having to decide what is more important to them but there is a saying that health is wealth. Essentially, you have to be healthy to think of making money. In recent times, there have been so much emphasis on mental health and that is because with all the troubles in the world and the personal challenges that people go through, your mental state of mind should be prioritised and cared for just like the rest of the body.

World Health Organization defines mental health as a state of well-being in which an individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to contribute to his or her community. Our ability to think, make critical decisions, show emotions all depend on our mental health and these are activities that take place every day of our lives. It is important that we adopt healthy lifestyles that will help us navigate everyday stress and maximize our energy for work. A few of the healthy tips to try are:


Take care of yourself

Sometimes we might get overwhelmed with work that we forget to take time out for ourselves. The ability to stay productive at work is dependent on our physical health and state of mind. When the mind is disturbed or feels pressured, there is a likelihood that work productivity will decline. If you notice regular mood swings, this might be indicative of some underlying issues that have been left unaddressed. You need to identify and address the root problem. Are you feeling overworked? Are you sleep deprived? Have you been starving yourself of healthy foods? Take intermittent breaks from work to refuel your energy. What activities excite you? Create time for them. When your mind is happy, you are most likely going to feel good about every other thing around you. Take a walk in the evenings to clear your thoughts, go for workouts, eat healthy meals – fruits and vegetables inclusive. They contain vitamins and minerals that your body need to cope with stress, get enough sleep (up to 6 to 8 hours daily). Cutting down tobacco, alcohol and caffeine intake can improve sleep and overall wellness. Prioritize self-care and create personal time to cater for your mental wellbeing.


Practice mindfulness and meditation

Meditation is a way of focusing attention on the present and eliminating negative thoughts and worries. It can help you relax better and calm your mind. You focus your concentration and eliminate muddled thoughts that may be cluttering your mind. Consistent practice of meditation could lead to improved physical and mental well-being