How to keep you mind healthy

There are many things that school doesn’t teach us and one of those is how the us and our brain operate. How do we manage and train our brain for healthy living?

Here are the eight tricks for a healthy mind.

1) Listen to music. Music can repair brain damage and returns lost memories. Don’t be afraid to take time out of your busy life to relax and play some tunes. It’s always feels good to play your favorite songs.

2. Simply smile more often. Smiling, even in a bad mood, can immediately improve your mood because these muscles are enough to trigger happy chemicals in the brain. This means if you even pretend you’re happy you will be happy. Actively smile right now and see do you feel better.

3. Don’t be afraid to talk to yourself. I’m not joking. Talking to yourself can make your brain work more effectively. Therefore chatting to yourself might actually help you get the job done.

4. Always listen to your gut. A “gut feeling” is a chemical signal that your stomach creates to warn the brain of danger. 9 times out of 10 your gut feeling will be right so go with it.

5. Get out and exercise every single day with no excuses. “Neither the body nor the brain can function optimally without movement. In fact, sitting for more than 10 minutes at a time increases fatigue and reduces concentration.” – Rae Pica

6. Just let things go. Holding grudges is not only bad for your mental health, but it also has a physical impact on your brain. Take a deep breath, relax and let that shit go.

7. Neurologists claim that every time you resist acting on your anger, you’re actually rewiring your brain to be calmer and more loving. The next time you feel yourself getting angry. Take ten deep breath from the depths of your belly and then say your reply.

8. Finally if you are struggling with sleep, stress or just over thinking cuddling with your partner could be the answer. Cuddling before bed helps the brain relax so get into that spoon position and get your partner to help you out!

How to fight depression: Understanding your mind and gaining that mental strength

Depression is an illness. You don’t just ‘get over it’. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the world.

Dying for a Degree is a documentary aired on BBC one in 2019. It shows that there is an academic mental health crisis at the moment and how the support isn’t there for many people. Looking after your Mental Health is a skill that we must develop.

We must each learn individually How, as humans we operate and How to Manage Our Mental Health.

Here is a quote from Ned Vizzini that will make you think. “I didn’t want to wake up. I was having such a better time asleep. And that’s really sad. It was almost like a reverse nightmare, like when you wake up from a nightmare you’re so relieved. I woke up into a nightmare.” You don’t know what people are going through so always remember to try and be nice.

In the past number of years I have lost two very good friends from college to suicide, and Tim Bergling aka Avicii 2018, which hit me on a deep level. This just shouldn’t happen. Life is too precious. To paraphrase Alan Saporta: The best way to escape a problem is to solve the problem. There are three thoughts that I and others have found beneficial for averting the unavoidable ups and downs of life. These have helped me from thinking and behaving self-destructively.

A brilliant quote from Nietzsche: “A man who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how.”

1. Depression is part of life. It happens to us all and is necessary for a whole life.
Everyone goes through times of happiness and sadness. Energy and vibration, curiosity is cyclical. You cannot be happy all your life – even though we would love to be. There are times when your body needs depression like symptoms. These symptoms of depression often just reflect a system undergoing routine repair and maintenance.
Focusing on the symptoms of “depression” is what can lead to a downward spiral. Don’t make assumptions. Having periodic downcast phases is normal. Overthinking about them as unnatural is what can cause the damage in the long run. People make devastating decisions from overthinking and this is what does the damage.
The best way I have found to combat negative thoughts is not to reject them but to identify them as they occur. Negative thoughts uncovered disappear! A great way to do this is through Morning Meditation.

2. Look after your mental health
Just like your body you have to manage and maintain your head. For example do you suffer from Anxiety? A simple technique I use is to focus on “what is..” rather than “what if”. “What if” can create bad images in our mind and brings me to dark places. I therefore must look at ways to calm my mind down. So when this is happening I just ask myself, What is true..
When I get stressed or in a bad place I always go for a run. This is my way of dealing with things in my mind. I find it clears the chatter and increases endorphins such as Serotonin. These give your body a natural boost and make me instantly feel better.
Don’t forget it’s not all about your job, your care or money! In a absorbing study “Would you be happier if you were richer?”, by Princeton professors Alan Krueger and Daniel Kahneman, winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize for his work in behavioral economics, found that perhaps the best indicator of happiness was frequency of eating with friends and family.
So maybe if you have to pick one action to harvest an emotive improvement, start having lunch/dinner more often with the people in your life who make you happy.

3. Gratitude training is essential for improving Mental Health
It is alarmingly easy to grow cynical and pessimistic thoughts and lose prospect of the fantastic gifts and successes in our lives. We focus on getting that girl or that degree or that promotion yet there is so much that is out of our control in these situations. One should not rate ourselves on what we have but on the kindness we portray.
Change your outlook, and avoid too much focus of self-image in one area of life, with weekly or daily gratitude exercises one can life a happy and abundant life.
Journaling – Write down three things every morning for which you are grateful for. I do this every morning and yes sometimes I do right done the same things that I have done before but that just reemphasis’s how important that is to me.
Say to the people you love how you really feel. Like is too short and we all do need a bit more love in our lives so lets TALK! ‘Dad, I love you and really appreciate everything you have ever done for me’. This will go a long way. Not only will it make your father smile but in turn it will make you happy.

Finally remember there are plenty of resources out there now that can help. Get in contact with them! They are there to help.

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Books to Read:

A Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl

Change your life in a Month

The Happiness Advantage

  • Write a Gratitude List (3 things you are greatful for)
  • Journal (Something good that happened to you today)
  • Exercise
  • Meditate
  • Random act of kindness

Try doing these simple tasks for a month and see does it make a difference for you.

Positive people are happier and happy people outperform always.

Watch Shawn Achor’s Ted Talk below..

Ted Talk – The Happy Secret to Better Work

Daily Affirmations

So what is it that you want? Have you some goal or objective you have been trying to reach for years but you never seem to quite get to it?

Try writing down your goal 15 times every morning for the next month. Example: I, Dennis Higgins will become a business owner. Once you have written this down 15 times then say it 15 times allowed and then 15 times in your head.

This helps to focus your mind and your memory on a very specific thing. ‘I, Dennis Higgins will become a business owner’. This is said to allow one to notice things in your environment that might have already been then and you just haven’t noticed them. Through memory and repetition trick allows extra information in.

‘What you know doesn’t mean shit! What do you do consistently? – Tony Robbins