Posted on January 27, 2017 by Kim Mead

When we talk about our health, we often tend to discuss our physical health; that is, how fit we feel and look as well as any physical illnesses or diseases. We often tend to neglect anything related to our state of mind which plays a big role in our overall health.

Being mentally healthy includes happiness, confidence and having good relationships with your peers but includes many more. Like physical health, there will be good days and not so good days but below are some points that you might want to work on so that you can keep well mentally as well as physically.

1. Respect yourself: although as human beings we tend to find flaws in our bodies and the things we do, try and focus on the positives while working on the things you wish to change. Make sure that in this process you respect yourself – it is more difficult for other people to respect you if you don’t respect yourself first.

2. Connect to the people around you: spending time developing existing and new relationships makes us feel happier and satisfied as well as more valued.

3. Stay physically active and eat good food: exercise reduces stress and anxiety and good food provides our brain with more energy resulting in better mental health. Try to avoid processed, sugary and saturated fatty foods and alcohol.

4. Learn something new: most often than not this will involve meeting new people as well as challenging oneself to set new goals and focusing to achieve them which will in turn take your mind off any undesired stress in your life.

5. Give something back: try to do this not just by giving money to charities and people in need but also by actively participating in community services or doing voluntary work within a different social setting. This will give you a feeling of satisfaction and peace making you feel good about yourself.

6. Be present: live in the moment rather than constantly thinking about things in the past that you could have done in a different manner or what you plan to do in the future. It is important to reflect on past and future events but focusing on the present and appreciating what we have will make us far happier people.

Try and incorporate some of the above tips in your day to day routine and make sure that while you work on your physical attributes you also work on your mental aspects.

Martina Xuereb, Gym & Spa Supervisor, Beaufort Park