How To Take Control of Your Mental Health

Taking care of your mental health can be really tough. We all have so many responsibilities and stressful situations to get through that it is not surprising conditions like depression and anxiety are rife in our society.

Take Control of Your Mental Healthy

If you’re concerned about the state of your mental health, here are a few things you can do to take control and actively work on improving your overall sense of wellness:

Learn More About Mental Health

If you have struggled with poor mental health over the years, knowing more about the subject can really help you to regain a sense of control over it. So, do what you can to learn more about the problem, whether that be an online masters mental health counseling where you will learn so much about the issues and how our brains can so often work against us, or a simple short course on the causes of depression and the factors that can help you get out of it. Even if you just read a few good books on the subject, it should help you to feel more powerful because you will know why it is happening to you and what you can do about it.

Remove Stresses

Okay, so you can’t just quit your job or give up trying to force your teenager to do their homework, but there are many stressful situations that you can simply say no to and remove from your life. So, if you’ve been feeling overwhelmed lately, sit down, make a list of everything that’s negatively impacting your mental health and work out what you can eliminate and any causes that you can minimize. Then, you’ll automatically start to feel a little (or a lot) better.

Eat a Brain-Healthy Diet

Brain Healthy Diet for Mental Health

Although you can’t eat yourself out of a mental illness, if you’re experiencing mild symptoms of stress, anxiety or depression, you may find that eating a healthy diet that’s rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and most importantly, omega-3 oils will help. When you have a healthy brain, you are better able to cope with the kind of things that could otherwise send you into a spiral of poor mental health. It may also help to protect your from poor mental health in the future.

Surround Yourself with Positive People

We all have people in our lives who build us up and make us feel happier and people who cut us down and make us feel worse about ourselves. However, we also have the power to surround ourselves with whoever we want or not as the case may be. So, if you value your mental health, ditch those toxic ‘friends’ and make more time for the people you truly love who truly love you too.

Do Some Type of Exercise

exercise for better mental health

Getting your heart pumping and those endorphins flowing, even if it’s just a brisk 30-minute walk will do so much good for your mental health, even if it doesn’t feel like it at the time. So. give it a go and give it a chance and you will probably be very pleasantly surprised.

If you do all of the above and make a commitment to see a professional, you should be able to improve your mental health. 



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  1. robin rue says:

    Working out and doing yoga daily really helps me to keep the stress under control. You have some great tips here!

  2. Metal health is a tricky one because some many different things going on around us or our health effects our metal health. All your suggestions are good, don’t forget doctor help if needed.
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  3. I like these tips I exercise regularly and this gives me a good break mentally and physically during the day. I agree with surrounding yourself with upbeat and positive people is so helpful.
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  4. This is something that I’m diligently trying to work on. I always feel like I’m stressed out, and I know that I can do better for preparing myself, and handling it.

  5. Removing things that makes me more stressed and also some people around me is really my way of getting out of this headache. Lol. My way of destressing plus a little medidation and yoga.
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  6. Such a GREAT article – it took me till my 30’s to realize it was OK to take time for myself and stop working so dang hard for everyone else!!! Now I splurge on my garden and outdoor swing to take a few moments to myself and relax each day!

  7. Exercising is a great way to relieve stress as it gets all those positive endorphins going. It’s so important to learn to deal with stress in a healthy manner before stress manifests itself on your body physically.
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  8. These are all great tips to take control of your mental health. If it gets really bad, then a physician of course is best to check in with. I love that you can change eating habits and add exercise though, that helps tremendously for me.

  9. That brain diet is a really great idea! I would love to share this; mental health is very important!
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  10. Bonnie G says:

    This is really true. I suffer from depression and anxiety and know that I feel a lot better when I’m eating better and exercising.

  11. Those are all awesome ideas for taking good care of your mental health. I think being healthy isn’t just about fitness or our body, it’s also about taking care of our mind.
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  12. Reesa Lewandowski says:

    I feel like talking about our mental health is so taboo. Thank you for tackling the topic. I suffer from depression and I always feel better after exercising.

  13. I have heard amazing things about working out, eating healthy, and feeling your best in every way even mentally. This is really important and should be the first step when struggling, I love these ideas!

  14. As someone who suffers from anxiety and has for years, thank you. These are all great tips.
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  15. In these days of mad rush where we all are participating in a never-ending rat race, Mental health concerns are a reality. You have outlined some simple and effective ways to ensure the best in terms of mental as well as physical health. A 30-minute brisk walk is an investment of a lifetime.

  16. Thanks for sharing this! My mental health hasn’t been doing good lately, that’s because I’ve been having pain.. I need to start exercising.

  17. Magical Mommy Blog says:

    It’s so important to incorporate excerise for mental health. I don’t think a lot of people realize the correlation. This is good stuff!

  18. I have been battling mental stressors for my anxiety. I didn’t know mental health can also be managed by eating and exercising. Thank you for this helpful tips.

  19. Bob Williams says:

    Thank you very much for this article well written. You have done a good job by sharing this article. Keep it up. Dr. RICHARD JOSEPH recently posted… : how to smoke hash

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