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Enhancing Your Mental Health with Self-Care Practices

July 1, 2019

 

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Mental healthcare isn't limited to seeking professional support. Although it's important to receive treatment for mental health problems, there are numerous steps you can take to support your general mental well-being every day. Self-care, the act of tending to one's own health and happiness, plays a vital role in mental wellness. To give yourself a happiness boost, take some time to incorporate these strategies into your daily routine.

 

Adopt a Beauty Routine

 

Our mental health is intricately woven with how we feel about ourselves. While it's important to develop a healthy body image, taking care of your appearance can give you greater confidence and self-esteem. This is why a daily beauty routine is a common self-care strategy. Exfoliation, moisturization, and sun protection will reward you with glowing, beautiful skin you can feel good in. Additionally, contouring is a great way to camouflage any imperfections you may feel self-conscious about while simultaneously highlighting your best features. If you want to give it a try, look to reviews on a variety of contouring kits before making a purchase. Consult a beauty expert or watch a couple YouTube tutorials for first-time contouring advice.

 

Drink More Water

 

Eating clean and drinking plenty of water should take center stage in any self-care routine. Drinking enough water, for example, works double-duty to improve your skin and keep your body operating at peak performance. Staying hydrated is essential for helping your body transport nutrients to your muscles and brain. Remember, even mild dehydration can significantly impact your cognitive performance!

 

Banish Depression with the Mediterranean Diet

 

When it comes to diet, stick to whole foods and limit your consumption of simple carbs. Evidence shows that people who eat diets high in vegetables, unprocessed grains, and healthy fats have a lower risk of depression. If you’re looking for a diet plan to follow, try the Mediterranean diet. This is praised as one of the healthiest diets in the world! According to the Center for Addiction and Mental Health, people show a decrease in depressive symptoms just three months after adopting the Mediterranean diet.

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