Mental health is an aspect of our lives that does not only exist “in our head”: it is intimately linked to the way we relate to the world and to others, but also to our own body.
In other words, the state of mind that we may have at a given moment is not something isolated that arises by itself in our consciousness generating discomfort or well-being, but largely depends on how we interact with those around us and with the activities around us. we perform, like healthy routines. Therefore, in this article you will find several examples of how healthy habits promote good psychological balance.
How do healthy habits influence our psychological balance?
These types of habits that contribute to our physical and mental health are also essential for achieving a psychological balance that allows us to live happily and at peace with ourselves.
1. Structure our daily life
Healthy habits, applied to our lifestyle on a regular basis, give our day a structure, a regularity in our weekly schedule. Therefore, they allow us to organize and have structured each of our days or between weeks, which It helps us focus our attention on other things that are new and that they force us to struggle to decide what to do at any given moment.
Knowing what activity we should do and what to expect each day will help us be clear about our daily planning, allow us to focus on important issues or needs that arise during the day without worrying about the routines we know already working. And it saves us from worrying too much psychologically about always having to hesitate about how to use our available time.
2. Sleep well
Sleep is one of the most important activities for any human being, as it allows us to rest during the night and recharge the energy needed to face a new day.
Good sleep habits are based on a fixed bedtime; in this way the brain gets used through the milestone to gradually “shut down” at the same time of dusk or night.
Sleeping around 7 or 8 hours a night helps prepare us physically and mentally. In addition, it makes us less susceptible to stress, anxiety, concentration problems, and therefore prevents us from being in a very irritable state.
3. Eat well
Healthy eating habits also have an obvious direct impact on our mental health and our search for psychological balance.
Eating well makes us less likely to adopt a sedentary lifestyle (due to lack of energy caused by food deficits in the body) and which prevents us from developing psychological mood disorders.
Some of these disorders can be depressive symptoms and disorders associated with social isolation and lack of stimuli and activities that excite us.
Recurring exercise it helps us disconnect from obsessions and intrusive thoughts which sometimes attack us in unexpected ways and negatively affect our mental health.
The caloric intake, perspiration and release of endorphins and hormones of all kinds into the bloodstream that allows intense exercise generates a feeling of well-being when finished which contributes very positively to our mental health.
In addition to this, the relaxation and disconnection that sports activity makes possible helps us to acquire other points of view on our problems and allows us to value them from another point of view and without always falling into the same negative thinking style.
5. Stay hydrated
As with food, good hydration habits are one of the healthiest ways to balance your body and mental health. If our body lacks water, our stress levels skyrocket and our brain goes into “emergency” mode which has a negative impact on our emotional balance.
Scientific research has shown that maintaining an optimal level of hydration both improves a person’s physical health and good mood and prevents various psychological disorders.
We humans are social animalswhich means that we need the company of other people to be happy every day and to develop normally.
Socialization helps us to see things from other points of view and this allows us to have a perception of things that are richer in nuance, which helps us not to always fall into very simple explanations of what is happening. happening in our lives and which can cause general discomfort.
Some of the recurring ideas that we may have in our heads and that other people help us to overcome may be, for example, believing that we are worthless in life, blaming ourselves for all the bad things that happen to us, or vice versa, having a too lofty view of ourselves that does not correspond to reality.
7. The importance of free time
Free time is essential for everyone, as it is the period in which they can disconnect from the worries or demands of daily life at work or at the social or family level.
Having activities with which to enjoy free time such as hobbies or pastimes of all kinds helps us to realize ourselves as people, it allows us both to rest from day to day and to regain strength for the work of the next day.
Some of the favorite activities that we can do in our free time are both sports and social, as well as hobbies such as watching series, painting, reading, watching movies, playing board games or video games.
8. Intellectual activities
There are many intellectual activities that test our cognitive abilities and help us improve our mental agility, which is very useful for meet the demands of everyday life without stress.
The daily practice of activities such as reading, studying a language, doing sudoku or doing all kinds of activities that require some intellectual effort are also part of the healthy habits that can improve our mental health.
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