The Importance Of Mental Wellbeingby Sonera Jhaveri Psychotherapist in Mumbai A sound mind and a sound body,”- With the fast paced stressful lives that we lead nowadays, this simple phrase is very relevant in this era. We hear, see and read about multitudes of advice regarding our physical health and illness but how often do we ponder on our mental well-being?
Mental well-being does not just end with the notion of happiness. It is truly essential to help fight the body’s physical troubles. It involves the feeling of contentment, of enjoying the simple pleasures of life, of self-confidence, a sense of worth and high self-esteem.
Stress Busters To Rejuvenate Life
A good laugh with a group of friends, a comedy film or a show, or pleasurable reading of classics, there is nothing like laughter to lighten up the mind. The effect is both immediate and long-term. Our facial and neck muscles relax and sorrows disappear. Laughter helps lower our BP, reduces stress levels by releasing endorphins which act as pain relievers and is also an immunity booster.
Physical ActivityRegular exercise, be it walking, cycling, swimming or aerobics is a potent weapon against stress. A sustained exercise regime is known to release endorphins from our brain. These feel-good neurotransmitters have a specific effect on improving our mental well-being. Yoga can also be practised for a disciplined mind and body.
A number of dietary deficiencies can insidiously affect our mental wellbeing. Obviously, a balanced diet with adequate complex carbohydrates, protein, low fat, vitamins and fluids is essential especially during the growing phases of life. Essential focus should be on certain substances like thiamine - a vitamin found in whole grain cereals, pulses, fruits and vegetables, folate found in greens, vitamin B 12 a useful constituent in meat, fish, sprouts and whole grain cereals. Tryptophan, a constituent of protein is known to boost mental health.
A good serving of protein either in lentils, meat, eggs, milk or nuts should be an essential component of every meal. Look for variety in your diet. This will help supply micronutrients, which we often lose out on. Fish or flax seeds are rich in omega 3 fatty oils and are essential foods known to improve mental health. Adequate fluid intake to compensate for an average daily loss of 2-2.5 litres per day is necessary too, as dehydration leads to confusion, poor mental reasoning and a general lack of energy. Avoid excessive caffeine as it is not recommended for long-term health.
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