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Mental Health Week

The second week of October is Mental Health Week. Mental health is defined in many ways, and mental illnesses are on the increase in our modern society. Scientists are continually looking for cures. But the time, money, and effort spent proportionally on prevention is miniscule in comparison.

Depression is more than just a low mood – it’s a serious illness. While we all feel sad, moody or low from time to time, some people experience these feelings intensely, for long periods of time, and often without reason. People with depression find it hard to function every day and may be reluctant to participate in activities they once enjoyed. ??Depression is one of the most common of all mental health problems. One in five people experience depression at some stage of their lives

Here are 5 tips to help you improve your Mental Health

1.  Exercise physically regularly. Ensure that your heart rate works at 70 to 80%, for thirty minutes, at least three times a week. You can buy a heart rate monitor for less than $100

2.  Play mind games that give your brain mental challenges. Scrabble, sudoku, and crosswords come to mind. Quizzes are good also

3.  Keep your blood pressure levels in check. Ensure most importantly that they don’t go too high for too long. A blood pressure monitor is reasonably priced and available

4.  Take regular breaks. Stop working your mind too hard for too long. It enjoys a rest. This can come in the way of meditation sessions, brisk walks, and of course a good night’s sleep

5.  Develop social relationships. Believe it or not this is one of the things recommended to prevent dementia. For more information on this read the book Maintain Your Brain

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