We hear quite a bit about it is important to eat better and get more exercise, but little is said about how to stay mentally healthy.
Mental health is every bit as important as physical health. However, mental health can suffer for many reasons. For some people, there may be issues related to chemical imbalances in the brain that may result in the need for medication. Others may not feel mentally healthy because of everyday circumstances including financial problems, relationship issues, and fear. If you are feeling mentally unhealthy, here are a few tips to keep you mentally active and strong.
Tips for Staying Mentally Active
A rested brain is a mentally active brain. Try to get at least eight hours of sleep each day so that your brain has time to rest. Just like the rest of the body, the brain benefits from some downtime. Failing to get adequate sleep leaves you feeling tired, irritable and unable to think clearly and make sound decisions.
Avoid spending most of your time alone. Good conversation stimulates critical thinking. Discussions and spirited debates with good friends and family give you practice at thinking on your feet when the occasion arises.
A working brain is an active brain. Challenge your brain to work. With smartphones, tablets, and laptops, there are tons of free online activities like trivia quizzes and word games that you can challenge your brain anytime. If you are not into technology, set aside some time during the day to read and book and think about the meaning of the passages. Crossword puzzles and Sodoku are also helpful at keeping you mentally active.
Seek help if you think you need it. If you feel that you have lost interest in the things you love, talk with your health care provider. People who are depressed often lose interest in hobbies and spending time with loved ones. Depression can result in the inability to make sound decisions.
Finally, if you forget things more than usual, talk with your health care provider. He or she can ask the right questions to determine if you may have some degree of memory loss.