Health & Fitness World Mental Health Day 2017: How to look after your mental health naturally

08:50  10 october  2017
08:50  10 october  2017 Source:   Relaxnews (AFP)

A woman said she was taking two days off for mental health and her boss's response is fantastic

  A woman said she was taking two days off for mental health and her boss's response is fantastic Madalyn Parker is a web developer, who recently emailed her team to tell them she was taking a few days off "to focus on my mental health". Her CEO's response pleasantly surprised her.

LONDON, Oct 10 — World Mental Health Day 2017 takes place this year today, providing the perfect reminder to take stock of your own mental health . Here we round some tips on how we can all take steps each day to boost our mood and look after ourselves mentally .

October 10 is World Mental Health Day , a perfect reminder that good health includes physical and mental wellbeing. We list some tips on how we can all take steps each day to boost our mood and look after ourselves mentally . Get some exercise.

  World Mental Health Day 2017: How to look after your mental health naturally © Provided by AFPRelaxNews World Mental Health Day 2017 takes place this year on Tuesday, October 10, providing the perfect reminder to take stock of your own mental health.

Here we round some tips on how we can all take steps each day to boost our mood and look after ourselves mentally.

Get some exercise

Many recent studies have shown that exercise can be an effective way of helping to prevent and combat depression. One of the largest and most extensive studies of its kind, published earlier this month, found that even just one hour a week of physical activity could be enough to reap the benefits.

After following 33,908 Norwegian adults for more than 11 years, the team found that those who reported doing no exercise at all at the start of the study showed a 44% increased chance of developing depression compared to those who were exercising one to two hours a week, and that 12 percent of cases of depression could have been prevented if participants undertook just one hour of physical activity each week.

A woman said she was taking two days off for mental health and her boss's response is fantastic

  A woman said she was taking two days off for mental health and her boss's response is fantastic Madalyn Parker is a web developer, who recently emailed her team to tell them she was taking a few days off "to focus on my mental health". Her CEO's response pleasantly surprised her.

Mental HealthSeptember 26, 2017 . Every October 10th is World Mental Health Day . Each year it aims to raise people’s awareness of mental health issues, those suffering from conditions and how we can all better help those people whilst also looking after our own mental health .

11 simple ways to look after your mental health . Building an understand of yourself, your thoughts, feelings and behaviours and how the past has impacted how you are now all help us to manage your day to day live.

Prioritize sleep

UK research found that treating insomnia with online cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) could in turn help treat mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, and paranoia.

The team found that by using the psychological treatment to improve sleep, they could also improve mental health, with a lack of sleep often linked to a higher risk of depression. The team added that the results suggest that helping people get more shut-eye could be "an important first step in tackling many psychological and emotional problems."

Donate some time to volunteer

Helping others has been found to have both physical and mental health benefits, with a 2013 review of 40 academic papers by the UK's University of Exeter finding that volunteers rated their levels of depression as lower and their levels of well-being and life satisfaction as higher than non-volunteers.

Pretty Little Liar star pens moving mental health essay

  Pretty Little Liar star pens moving mental health essay "There is a part of my brain that defies logic."The 31-year-old actress has written a moving essay for Lena Dunham's Lenny Letter, in which she describes the battles she's faced with the "greatest and best of enemies".

Mental Health is about the way you think and believe and your capacity to manage high and low points. There are different approaches to keep your mind and body active and healthy . Top 10 Most Expensive Cars In The World In 2017 .

• Alcohol and mental health looks at how some people use alcohol. to cope with difficult feelings and suggests alternative coping strategies. For lots more information, including free downloads of the resources above, visit www. mentalhealth .org.uk.

A 2016 study also found that those who valued time over money reported being happier, with using spare time on more meaningful activities such as volunteering for a charity also increasing happiness.

Spend some time in nature

A New Zealand study found for the first time found a link between mental health and a view of the sea or ocean, with an increased visibility of blue space significantly associated with lower levels of psychological distress.

Many previous studies have also shown how access to nature and green spaces can benefit health, with a 2015 study of US adults findings that men in particular and those age 65 and above sleep better when they have access to nature, with better sleep linked to a lower risk of depression. Natural terrain playgrounds which incorporate trees and grass can also help relieve stress in children, with another study suggesting that living near high levels of greenery could reduce levels of aggression in teenagers.

Your pet's health could affect your mental wellbeing

  Your pet's health could affect your mental wellbeing It's called 'caregiver burden'The research, published in the journal Veterinary Record, found that individuals who care for sick pets are more prone to depression, anxiety and caregiving distress in the same way that people caring for human relatives feel. To establish such a connection, scientists surveyed 238 dog and cat owners – asking them to complete a questionnaire on the effects of taking care of pets. Half of the animals were healthy, while the others suffered from chronic or terminal illness.

World Mental Health Day : 7 expert tips to look after your emotional wellbeing. Exclusive Duncan Lindsay for Metro.co.ukSaturday 10 Oct 2015 8:00 am. (Picture: Getty). At some point in all of our lives, it is hugely likely that we will all have some close contact with mental health issues

The World Mental Health Day , observed every year on the 10th of October, helps build awareness on mental issues. Mental Health Day 2017 : Helping Spread the Awareness.

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We Need To Teach Kids How To Look After Their Mental Health .
We've never been taught to put our mental health first in the same way we've been taught to look after and listen to our bodies. This is simply ludicrous and irresponsible. As you're growing up, you're taught to try and reduce the risk of getting sick. Everyone at some point in their childhood will face mentally challenging moments, from bullying to low self-esteem, and yet our societal response to those issues is to help the subjects after the fact, rather than give them the tools that could help lower the negative impact on their mental wellbeing.

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