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10 things you must do to get freedom from mental health woes

Published on:16 August 2021, 07:00am IST
Millennials are more susceptible to mental health woes and other lifestyle diseases, but they can take certain steps to achieve freedom from this. Here’s all that you need.
Sudhanshu Rai
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Here’s what millennials need to do to get freedom from mental health woes. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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In a recent development, global sporting body Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has joined hands with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to underline the importance of awareness regarding mental health. As part of the initiative, a number of current and former football players would be roped in to drive across the idea of mental wellbeing and allow people to not shy away, if faced with related symptoms. Another example of mental health assuming utmost importance in the modern pandemic-hit world is American gymnast Simone Biles pulling out of the women’s gymnastics team finals recently.

The aforementioned developments depict how crucial mental health is for an individual in any stage of life or career, especially for the current generation of millennials. The way they lead their life in the modern world, it is quite usual for them to acquire lifestyle diseases or mental health issues induced by uninterrupted stressful situations. But is it so hard to maintain mental wellbeing or can it be done by making a few habits or activities a part of our daily lives? The latter is to be opted here and if the millennials adhere to the below mentioned suggestions, they can conveniently put all mental health woes at bay.

1. Breathing exercises

One of the easiest and best stress busters, breathing exercises must be done each day without fail. Lie on a mat with eyes shut and inhale as deep as possible, follow the sound of breathing, and do this repeatedly to realize a flow of positive energy within. This would also make you calm and composed, leading toward a balanced life with reduced levels of aggression.

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Reduce anxiety by following different breathing techniques. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
2. Meditation

Adopting practices such as meditation can also bring about instrumental changes in our lifestyle and overall approach toward life. There are simple meditation techniques that can be learned through credible online sources as well and that help effectively in dealing with stress or anxiety-like situations.

3. Nature therapy

Be as close to nature as possible. Do not consider sitting in a park surrounded by trees or sitting on your balcony, while rains lash everything around. Observing and feeling the rain, for instance, brings us closer to nature, thereby allowing us to feel connected with our inner self.

4. Sound-based therapy

Sound is intrinsic to the mental as physical status of any individual. There are various sound-related exercises such as bhramari, which is actually a humming exercise. Sit on a mat, close your eyes, ears and nose and make the sound of Om, which would trigger a positive vibration reaching the mind directly. Repeating it 15-20 times can make one feel light-headed.

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We must never stop the music! Image courtesy: Shutterstock
5. Storytelling

If you feel you can weave words into a story, there could be no better aid to your mental health, for you would for most part be digressed from issues that impact the wellness of mind. Even if you are a listener of stories, you can forget the worries and dwell into a world of positivity and unexplored happenings through a plethora of stories.

6. Adopt habits

Try to first identify a habit that is most conducive to your likings and preferences. If you are into music, make it a part of your daily routine, or if philately is something that interests you, do not shy away from becoming a philatelist. These habits would provide you with a perspective in life, acting as fuel for a life that is not mundane.

7. Adopt reading habits

Reading books or novels that enhance our analytical thinking or simply allow us to enter unseen worlds is a very good way to keep mental health woes away. While it would help the mind to prevent overthinking, it would also enhance knowledge in a significant manner.

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Reading can really reduce stress. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
8. Lead a routine life

Taking things up in a haphazard and unorganized manner might not do any benefit to your mental health. It can, in fact, end up ruining your mental peace. Therefore, it is very important to chalk out a routine and adhere to it without fail. Doing so would not leave you wondering about what to do, thereby preventing your mind from being a devil’s workshop.

9. Juggle your daily routine

Following a fixed routine for long might lead to boredom and fatigue. While there is no need to cut down on the activities for any day, you can simply rearrange them to feel a sense of newness.

10. Eat nutritious meals

Internal grooming, which is usually not paid any heed to, is very essential to ensuring positive mental health. When we eat nutritious food, we nurture ourselves from within and there is no substitute for our own internal strength. No matter how busy or worked up you are, always ensure you eat well in the right proportion.

Sudhanshu Rai Sudhanshu Rai

Sudhanshu Rai is a renowned writer, mental coach, storyteller, and a well-establish filmmaker.