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Be kind and unwind with these five expert-backed tips that are essential for your mental well-being

Published on:22 February 2020, 09:38am IST
Low productivity, self-pity, and stress–all of these can be the byproducts of high expectations, which are unmet. Give yourself a break and follow these expert recommended tips.
Nikita Bhardwaj
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Doing activities that bring you joy shall leave your gut thanking you too!. Image courtesy: Shutterstock.

We millennials are known to have great expectations–not just from us but from everyone around us. While having expectations do have its benefits, unfulfilled ones can mean dissatisfaction, which eventually leads to stress and anxiety. 

Putting undue pressure on ourselves is one of the reasons why we burnout. In fact, a recent study claims that millennials are the burnout generation. Needless to say it’s not a happy indicator of things to come.  

Plus, materialistic desires, goofed-up relationships, and zero work-life balance adds fuel to this fire. That’s why to pull you out of this grim situation, we have Ramon Llamba, Ph.D. in Quantum Physics and the founder of Golden Age Transformation on board who is sharing the tips on how you can keep your sanity intact.  

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Feeling low? Do you know, that a bar of dark chocolate can do the trick and make you happy in a jiffy? Image courtesy: Shutterstock.

1. Make ‘YOU’ your first priority because everything else can wait
Self-care is the new empowerment. While we grapple with the growing mental health crisis, it is high time that we prioritise self-love and self-compassion.

Practising self-love is not about being self-absorbed or being narcissistic, it is like following a subtle way to get in touch with your inner self, your happiness, and your well-being. It is basically the act of looking after yourself, both physically and mentally, so you are able to push through your limiting beliefs and live a life that truly shines.

So, take a deep breath, give yourself a little hug, and start practising the art of self-love.

2. Promise yourself that you’ll take at least two vacations in a year
No matter how many lists you make or goals you set, things are still going to get stressful and busy. It is scientifically proven that hitting the pause button in your life has some incredible health benefits that far outweigh anything you think you might miss out on.

Trust us, you’ll feel refreshed which will ultimately double your productivity.

3. Give mindful meditation an honest shot
If you still can’t take time out to fly on a vacation, there are things you can do even on the most jam-packed days, like incorporating mindfulness.

You can incorporate mindfulness in your daily activities by bringing a wave of awareness and compassion to the things that you are already occupied with–such as during your commute, gym time, or even while eating a meal. Devoting a few moments to fully focus on the tasks at hand (mind you, you have to put all other thoughts away) can work wonders for your mental health.

You can try beginning each day with a five-minute mindfulness meditation session. If you find it helpful and want to go further then you can choose to opt for therapy to unravel a lifelong pattern, hire a personal trainer, or make time for reading.

4. Exercise, exercise, and please exercise
The solution to all your problems is exercising. Exercising may be the last thing you want to do when you’re feeling low or stressed, but experts agree that exercising is one of the finest yet most powerful ways to boost your mental health. It is imperative to exercise for 15-30 minutes, three days a week in order to manage stress and anxiety.

Sure, working out can be time-consuming, but your chosen form of exercise doesn’t necessarily have to be physical, it can be an emotional and spiritual one too. When people think of exercise, they only consider going to the gym or doing some in-house cardio. Be that as it may, the way to mental wellness is to establish a mind-body connection: be sure to pay attention to your spiritual, mental, and emotional counterparts, too.

Your mental health is dependent on all these four counterparts, together. Try to understand this in the form of trickle-down effect: The physical body is often affected by the sudden play of emotions, our thoughts are directly proportionate to how we feel, and it is our energy level which sways our minds and ultimately our thoughts.

You can fully access the spiritual aspect of your being by maintaining a daily connection with your soul.

5. Talk to yourself and stay positive
Talking to yourself is therapeutic. An adjustment to your everyday vocabulary, both in your thoughts and out loud can very well improve your mental health. It may sound trite to you but looking on the bright side of everything really does matter. Instead of always focusing on the negative side, flip your dialogue towards positive outcomes.


In addition to keeping up with positive mental health, it will also keep you motivated. For example, rather than saying, “If I bag that job”, switch to, “When I bag that job”.

These small changes in your language will do the deal for you and change your mindset to a glass half full instead of glass half empty.

Understand this as a fact that when you perceive yourself and your life negatively, you end up viewing experiences, particularly in a way that confirms the very same notion. When you start using positive words instead, you are more likely to promote feelings of self-worth and personal power.

We’ve got you the solution now it’s your time to implement them and get going.

With inputs from IANS

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Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.