Mental Health Monitor
Read the following and decide whether you agree of disagree:
I enjoy the present and have no regrets about the past
I enjoy the present without worrying about the future.
I focus and see what I can learn when facing a difficult situation
I allow time for things I like doing like interests/hobbies, spending quality time with friends and family
I acknowledge my strengths and weaknesses and work to make both better
I cope well with change
Healthy bodies = Healthy minds
It’s good for the body but also the mind. Research confirms exercise is a great stress reliever. It reduces muscle tension, improves blood flow and floods your body with feel-good chemicals. People who exercise often report having less anxiety. Exercise has also been shown to reduce symptoms of mild forms of depression.
Tip: The best way to increase your activity levels and see the mental health benefits is to make small changes. Take a brisk walk on your lunch break.
Eat the right kind of food. Regular meals can give you slow burning energy. This can keep your mood and energy levels steady and keep irritability away. Certain kinds of nuts, fish, fruits and vegetables also contain ingredients that are good for both mind and body.
Tip: For more information on making the right food choices, visit www.dialadietician.org/
Watch what you drink. Alcohol is a depressant which means it slows down your brain activity. Because it’s a depressant, if you’re already feeling down about something when you drink, the problem can seem worse when you sober up. Caffeine is a stimulant, which means it temporarily gives you more energy. But caffeine can make you feel nervous, irritable or restless.
Tip: Avoid certain drinks at bedtime. Don’t drink caffeine or alcohol at least two hours before you go to bed. This can help reduce the effects these substances have on your sleep patterns.
Tip: Get your H2O. Drinking lots of water is important because it replenishes brain cells and helps fight fatigue.
Get enough sleep
If you don’t get enough sleep you can feel sad, anxious, stressed or grumpy. It can also leave you so tired that it’s hard to concentrate or get things done. Good-quality sleep rests the brain and repairs and replenishes brain cells. A refreshed brain helps your mood, decision-making and social interactions.
Tip: Get into a routine. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day—including weekends.