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A Complete Guide Towards a Better Mental Health

Dr. M. A. Awab Sarwar

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Sometimes you just find yourself standing at that point in life where nothing makes sense. You stand at the edge of a hurricane, waiting to be consumed by the chaos, and the loneliness. You just stand there and question yourself, “where to go from here?” and find no answer, and everything just falls apart, you feel consumed by the darkness, and your demons resurface. When that happens, just remember it is okay to ask for help. It is okay to reach out and let others help you through the hardest of your times, be it a friend or a professional, also remember that only you can help yourself to rise and find the light that you seek. Below we discuss some tips on how to improve mental health that will keep you grounded and get you going.


When life gets hard, breathe. Let go of stress, every worry, and just breathe it out. Take a long, slow breath, hold it for 3 seconds and release. Repeat until you feel better. Deep breathing exercises are one of the most effective ways to cope with stress and anxiety. It not only relaxes your body, but it also calms your mind. Alternative techniques are PMRs (Progressive Muscle Relaxation Techniques) and Yoga.

Cut Negative People Out of Your Life

One of the best things you can do to improve your mental health is cut out the negativity. This is something that most people find hard to do and that’s understandable because it is hard, especially when you in some way depend on them. However, cutting negative people out of your life is vital because they not only put your mental health at stake but also manipulate you into believing that it is your fault, while it is not. Never apologize for wanting space and distance. Your mental health is far more important than anything else.

Learn how to keep your stress levels in check

Stress can negatively affect your mental and physical health. Therefore, to effectively control your stress, there are some stress management strategies that can help you in dealing with the stress.

Talk it out: Talking about what’s going inside you with someone close to you can really help you feel better from inside out, it is one way of relieving your stress. It can be a good kickstart to releasing stress relieving hormones and eventually help you feel better.

Do things that appeal your senses: Different things works for different people; everyone has their own way of coping. Some people like to listen to music, some cook or paint to release their stress and even some use stress ball as a mediator to transfer all their stress into it. So, think about what works best for you because once you figured out how your sensory nervous system responds to different sensory signals you would learn a great deal to calm your stress.

Staying active is as good for the brain as it is for the body

Physical and mental health are certainly associated with each other. If you enjoy good physical health then you will eventually enjoy good mental health as well. When any physical activity is carried out, there is a release of endorphins that uplift your mood and make you more active therefore, doing exercise regularly can bring about major changes in your emotional and mental well-being,

Do What Makes You Happy

Define your own happiness. Discover yourself. Explore what you enjoy. Try new stuff. Live. Be your own happiness. Life is too short to sit in the dark and take away your chance to be actually happy. Happiness means different things to different people, so give it your own meaning.

Give Yourself the Gift of Self-Acceptance

The best thing that you can give yourself is self-acceptance. Love yourself because nobody else can do it better than you. Pamper yourself. Treat yourself. Give yourself the attention that you deserve. Don’t worry about what would life throw at your next, just breathe, accept your flaws, feel the fear but fight your demons anyway, because in the end it will be worth it.

Make a Bucket List

Find the will to live, a reason to exist. Make a bucket list and put in there everything you want to do in your lifetime, from petting a baby goat to skydiving. Put in there everything that would make you feel alive.

Remember, you matter, and your mental health should be your top priority. You are important, and the world needs you. Don’t let the world take away your individuality and your laughter for you are a little too precious.

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Disclaimer: The contents of this article are intended to raise awareness about common health issues and should not be viewed as sound medical advice for your specific condition. You should always consult with a licensed medical practitioner prior to following any suggestions outlined in this article or adopting any treatment protocol based on the contents of this article.

Dr. M. A. Awab Sarwar
Dr. M. A. Awab Sarwar - Author I am A Psychiatrist with Special Interest In Child Psychiatry Including ADHD, Tics, Childhood Anxiety & Depression, Developmental Disorders and Emotional, conduct & Behavioural Disorders In Children. I Specialize In Adult Anxiety & Mood Disorders, Eating Disorders, Sleep & Sexual Disorders, Personality Disorders, Psychoses, Dissociative Disorder, Addictions, Epilepsy And Dementia. My experience abroad helped me practice in various sub-specialties of Psychiatry including General Adult, Child, Old Age, Laison & Emergency Psychiatry. To me, it is of utmost importance to practice according to the latest Literature/ Guidelines, and to be committed whole-heartedly to my profession.

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