February 19

The Best Habits for Overcoming Mental Health Challenges in 2020

Reading time 2 min.

Your mental health is the most important aspect of your life. You can use diet, sleep, and meditation to boost your mental health and make yourself feel better every single day.

Beyond basic notions of happiness and sadness, mental health is an umbrella term. One’s disposition to be energetic or tired is a part of it. One’s sense of calm, or feelings of anxiety, are a part of it. Feeling loved or lonely is a part. There are a ton of different feelings that add up to the total idea of mental health.

There is a lot that a person can do to feel good. Each of the ideas discussed below offers a different angle on how to improve the condition of your brain.

Polyphenols and Brain Activity

The brain is a part of the physical body. Just like the heart, lungs, or kidneys, it is a physical organ that experiences physical conditions.

Foods that are rich in polyphenols help to boost four aspects of the physical functioning of the brain: Cell differentiation, signaling, proliferation, and apoptosis. Eating foods with polyphenols is a great way to improve mental functioning.

Dark fruits and berries are some of the best choices for polyphenol-rich foods. Blackberries and plums are just two examples. When it comes to veggies, olives and spinach are great ways to get more of it.

Some veggies contain an anti-nutrient: lectins. Lectins have some opposite impacts compared to what polyphenols do. They can cause inflammation and digestive issues. Polyphenols and lectins are sometimes grouped together because they both come from plants, but the similarities don’t go much further than that.

Reducing Stress Through Meditation

Meditation is popular for a reason. Sitting still and focusing on one’s breath can be a life-changer, with many popular apps boasting the perfect formula for inner peace.

In a study from Harvard, people who began meditating an average of 27 minutes per day for eight weeks were seen to have increased grey matter in their brains. Grey matter is good stuff. This means that the people in the study had physically healthier brains after adding meditation to their daily routines.

Encouragement for meditation comes from all directions. Science supports it. The arts support it too, with numerous Beatles songs outlining the benefits of mindfulness. Many popular religions include meditative practices, either directly or via prayer.

There are more resources for studying meditation now than ever before. Anybody can learn to meditate with a little guidance.

The Wonderful Benefits of Sleep

Sleep is the cornerstone of mental health. That’s why one prominent sleep researcher, Dr. Matthew Walker, recommends a minimum of seven hours of sleep per night.

There is common sense to using sleep as a balm for mental health. Anybody can think about what it feels like to wake up after a lousy night of sleep. It’s a terrible feeling. On the other hand, waking up from a great night of sleep is refreshing.

The compounding effect of sleep quality, night after night, inevitably becomes one of the biggest factors in any person’s mental health.

Better Health Through Good Habits

Good habits lead to good health. When a person sets out to improve their mental health, this is the thing to focus on.

Since happiness is a tricky and sometimes elusive state, it can be a mistake to seek it directly. Good habits, in contrast, are specific. Brushing one’s teeth every day will always result in better hygiene. Saving an extra 10% of one’s money will result in greater savings.

In the case of mental health, the habits are not hard to figure out. Eat healthy foods with nutrients that are good for the brain. Get ample sleep. Learn to meditate. With these three useful habits, any person is likely to experience an improvement in their mental health. The part that matters is getting started.

Comments

Leave your questions here

To write a comment you must
or
Services
Category filter
Concern filter
Type filter
Sort
 
All categories
Shamanic Healing
$10 USD
Light the Path to Your Desired Life

If you want find what is that in life that makes you happy and fulfilled you need to heal all levels of your existence- Body, Mind, and Spirit. We are all ener…

Change Naturopathy
New Zealand flag icon
Emotional Freedom Technique
$10 USD
The Power Of Emotional Healing - EFT Program

“The Power of Emotional Healing” is energy psychology education in the Emotional Freedom Technique with the perfect balance of information, instructions, video…

Dawn Cady
Australia flag icon
Art Therapy
$50 USD
Artist Teacher Workshop Or Tutoring

“Life Force” guiding our history, our body and spirits. Self portrait art, life drawing from the live model, gesture, and plein air painting. And extended cont…

Bryan Prillwitz
United States of America flag icon
Tarot Reading
$100 USD
Timeline Reading

EGYPTIAN TAROT READINGS using unique methods developed by Nelise Carbonare, a Brazilian healer with more than 40 years of experience in tarot consultations, as…

Nelise Carbonare
United States of America flag icon
Tarot Reading
$120 USD
THE SYNERGY OF THE PYRAMID

THE SYNERGY OF THE PYRAMID focuses on a specific relationship: One side for the consultant and one for their partner. (the partner does not need to be present …

Nelise Carbonare
United States of America flag icon
Tarot Reading
$10 USD
Pick one card

Many questions can be answer with just one Arcane.

Do you want to try?

Nelise Carbonare
United States of America flag icon
Personal Development Coaching
$50 USD
Spiritual Coaching - Removing Energy Blocks - Expansion

> “Who looks outside dreams. Who looks inside awakens.” Jung

Spiritual coaching is about moving you into a profound state of empowerment and involution m…

Kimla Rose (Kim Desrosiers)
United States of America flag icon
Life Coaching
$10 USD
Life Purpose and Soul Wisdom

What is your deeper truth, your deeper knowing, your MOJO, your deepest desires, those feelings that you can’t explain but that are so pure and so clear…or may…

Anna Beale
United States of America flag icon
Wellness Coaching
$10 USD
Your Missing Manual for Health & Life!

Are you constantly reading books, blogs and listening to podcasts trying to figure out what to do to be healthy?

With so much conflicting information out ther…

Pamela Malo
United States of America flag icon
Nutritional Therapy
$150 USD
Nutritional Therapy Consultation

Hi my name is Aria and I am the founder of Heal with Nutrition. I am a registered Nutritional Therapist and a Naturopath who has a passion on Nutrition and Hea…

Aria Alexandrou
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland flag icon
Tarot Reading
$10 USD
THOTH AND HERMETIC DECKS READING

With a deep knowledge of hermeticism and being introduced to the kabbalah tradition of the emanation process from the tree of life, I provide a deep insight co…

James Marchiori
Ireland flag icon
Personal Development Coaching
$55 USD
The Bridge to Your Desired Life

This is were you get real help with your struggles and life challenges. As life gets harder to cope with, we tend to look for external ways to get through. And…

Mina Mikhail
United States of America flag icon
Naturopathy
$10 USD
Intake Consult

short introduction consult to Integrative Medicine

Femke Neervoort
Netherlands flag icon
Career Coaching
$300 USD
Reset Coaching and Mentoring Programme

12 weeks of bi-weekly 90 minutes 1:1 Coaching and Mentoring. Total cost USD1800 (6x90minutes career coaching and mentoring session)

Are you returning to work …

Carla Martins
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland flag icon
Personal Development Coaching
$120 USD
Spiritual Life Coach Session-Personalized Session

Personalized Sessions

Because Everyone Is Unique

Client-centered sessions based on the area of focus requested by the client.

Each session is a LIVE Sessio…

Deborah Lucero
United States of America flag icon
Reiki
$55 USD
Guidance, Inspiration & Healing

This type of session is a favorite among many of my clients, as it is often times one of the smoothest way to address a challenge to reach a happier and health…

Mina Mikhail
United States of America flag icon
Mediumism
$10 USD
Psychic Readings

I specialize in love, past present future, future, past life, general, tarot, dream interpretation, specific, social, and career readings! Book today for clari…

Holly
United States of America flag icon
Life Coaching
$399 USD
1-on-1 Coaching

The journey started with our discovery call, and You decided: ” I’m ready! Let’s do this!”.

We will engage in 1-on-1 coaching sessions for 90 minutes. In this…

Carla Martins
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland flag icon
Ascension
$88 USD
Ascension Mentor Support

In this session, we come together with similar to a healing session but face to face.

We talk about what issues you are facing at the moment and we delve deep…

Claire C.
Australia flag icon
Spiritual Healing
$177 USD
Energy Healing

I am honored to assist you with intuitive channeled energy healings that support and nurture you on a physical level as well soul and energetic level, each ses…

Claire C.
Australia flag icon
Reiki
$375 USD
Usui Reiki 1st Degree Course

FIRST DEGREE COURSE - The ultimate Reiki course.

Have you ever wondered if you can heal? Have you felt a burning desire to help others? Then you’ve come to th…

Step Into Your Light - Christina Moore
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland flag icon
Life Coaching
$10 USD
Hand Analysis - Startup Session

What does a hand analysis do for me? ​

You will understand yourself and your life purpose. ​You will understand the roots of your triggers and reactionary be…

Brent Bruning, Master Hand Analyst
Switzerland flag icon
Shamanism
$10 USD
Sample Akashic Records Reading for Your Burning Issue

I connect to your Akashic Records and listen to what your guides want to bring to your conscoius attention at this time. Perhaps, it is an insight into why you…

Olga Aydınoğlu
Turkey flag icon
Shamanic Healing
$300 USD
Shamanic Healing Art

What is Shamanic Healing Art?

It is a physical artwork (usually a pastel drawing) I make for you based on the outcome of our online session. This artwork will…

Olga Aydınoğlu
Turkey flag icon

Related Articles