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4 Lifestyle Habits That Could Boost Your Mental Health

It is very important to have a sound mental health and this can only be achieved if and when you pay close attention to the “little things” that may have effects on your mental health.

In order to assist you on the journey to having a good mental health, we have rounded up four lifestyle habits that can be easily imbibed  to help boost your mental well-being.

1. Avoid junks. Eat healthily.

Increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables in your diet could also boost  your mental health. Study has revealed that adults who eat a high consumption of edibles such as Fast foods and  soda and a disproportionate lower consumption of healthy food, such as fruits and vegetables are more likely to report symptoms of either moderate or severe psychological distress than those who eat healthier diets.

2. Rule out alcohol

Men and women who are lifetime abstainers from alcohol have the highest level of mental well-being according to statistics.

Also, women who were moderate drinkers — defined as seven drinks or less per week — and who quit drinking during the study, benefited from a boost to their mental health, with levels of mental well-being close to those of lifetime abstainers within four years of quitting.

3. Complement your diet with  nutritional supplements

In addition to eating more fruits and vegetables, results published last month from the world’s largest-ever review on nutritional supplements and mental health symptoms suggested that taking certain supplements could help with some mental health conditions, when taken in conjunction with conventional treatments.

Certain folate supplements may also be effective for major depression and schizophrenia.

4. Reduce time spent on social media

With the rise of social media, many researches have looked into its effect on our mental health.

A UK study, that surveyed 12,866 teens aged 13 to 16 discovered that checking one’s phone numerous times a day has to do with lower mental well-being, especially in young girls, possibly due to social media use affecting sleep and physical activity, which are linked with improved mental health.

Also, a US study which looked at adults who spent one hour a day on Facebook also found that those who quit the social media site not only reported feeling happier, but also increased their time spent doing offline activities such as socializing with family and friends, In conclusion, achieving and sustaining a healthy mental health demands deliberate actions from us. Doing the above with other advice from health experts would greatly do a lot of good to our mental health.

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