Mind – Nurture It for Reflecting the Healthier Version of You

2022-12-20 - Mental Health

 Mind power is one of the strongest and most useful powers an individual possess.

The human mind is built of important functions like perception. The power of mind creates the results in our life - happiness or sadness, success, or failure, whether we assess a situation as an opportunity or as an obstacle, all depends on our imagination and mindset.

Mind power affects the day-to-day reality. It is our thoughts that build up our mind power and these thoughts are believed to be responsible for almost everything that happens in our life. The thoughts that we replay more frequently influence our behaviour and attitude and in turn affect the actions we take, how we react to a particular situation and becomes a key factor determining the shape of our reality. Therefore, powerful thoughts can create great changes in us. Our attention, imagination, and thought process is what the mind power is all about.

Mind is like the wind, invisible yet powerful to create an impact and affect our very existence.

Some inspirational quotes to drive you to motivation:

“Never say never because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.” – Michael Jordan

“If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it.” – Ronnie Lott

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden

“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.” – Muhammad Ali

“You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.” – Michael Phelps

The human mind is, thus, a very important aspect and to keep it healthy is the duty of every individual. It is not only the ones who desire to win a competition but for all. As our thoughts decide our actions and our actions impact our life, it is genuinely important to take care of our mental well-being. 

What can we do to keep our mind fresh and healthy?

(1)   Connecting with others

Aristotle the legendary Greek philosopher said, “Man is by nature a social animal, which is true because no one can live alone or in isolation and need each other to fulfil their needs, express their thoughts and feelings. So, connecting with others be it with family, friends, or the community, is important for the mental wellbeing of people at any age.

·       Developing meaningful connections and healthy relationships can raise your self-esteem and lower levels of anxiety and depression.

·       Physical health and more social contact were the two key elements that would help improve their quality of life.

·       Maintain connection by inviting family, visiting a friend for a coffee catch up, remember their birthdays, and greet them, be grateful.

(2)   Challenging ourselves with something new

We can improve our mental well-being by doing something new that we are interested in. The only thing is that we must stop making excuses and take the first step and that is all it takes to start the journey to a happy YOU.

Spending time on a new activity that you enjoy can improve your mental health and wellbeing.

Some such activities include:

·       Practising yoga will help to focus on breathing, strength, and flexibility, boosting physical and mental wellbeing

·       Engaging in a DIY project

·       Learning a new language like Duolingo app which is a free language learning website and mobile app

·       Trying a new recipe every week

·       Going outside, spending time taking photos.

·       Listen to good music

·       Read book, join a book club

(3)   Prioritising rest

We do not even realise the importance of resting in the hectic lifestyle we are leading now.  Adequate rest and quality sleep is a significant factor as it affects our mood and decisions in daily life. Rest and sleep, both are equally important to the mental, emotional, and physical health and prioritizing rest improves the quality of sleep. 

Steps to get the adequate rest:

·       Take measures to go screen-free before bed

·       Meditate by simply focusing on your breathing before going to bed

·       Try avoiding or limit nap duration as sleeping during the day will make it more difficult to nod off at night-time. Limit the nap duration to 30 minutes if you cannot do without it.

·       Avoid foods and drinks with caffeine in the hours before bed that might be contributing to keeping you up all night.

(4)   Maintain an exercise routine

Exercise is not just good for your body, but it works wonders for your mind too.  your body releases chemicals like endorphins and serotonin when you exercise, which helps in improving your mood.  Regular physical activity help reduce stress and improve your sleep, which is very important for mental and physical health. more blood gets pumped to brain when we do exercise that can sharpen concentration. It is also known to increase the size of the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for moving information from short-term memory to long-term memory, and spatial memory, which enables navigation. Exercise increases the connections between the nerve cells in the brain that enhances memory and further protects brain against injury and disease.

Some exercise routines that prove to be beneficial are:

·       Cycling which has multiple mental health benefits like reducing stress, anxiety, and depression helps improve self-esteem, defend against cognitive decline, and help in socializing.

·       Running helps to control, slows us down, and gives us the opportunity to focus on the things that needs to be focussed on. Running bouts of variable lengths and intensities and running interventions can improve mood and mental health.

·       Aerobic or gym exercise helps promote good mental health. These types of exercise include rope skipping, boxing, weightlifting, or using a rowing or elliptical machine.

So, wake up and get into the habit of a healthy routine for enhancing the power of your mind. Reflect the best version of you and lead a happy healthy life.

Some brainy facts to keep you motivated:

More than 10 billion nerve cells and over 50 billion other cells make up the human brain, but it weighs less than three pounds.

The right side of the human brain is responsible for self-recognition.

Even when sleeping, the brain generates as much energy as a small light bulb.

The human brain could read up to 1,000 words per minute.

The human brain cell holds 5 times as much information as the Encyclopedia Britannica.

The Human brain acts as the most powerful computer with a processing speed of 3000+ Ghz

When we touch something, message is sent to brain at 124 mph.

Brain’s long-term memory can hold as many as 1 quadrillion (1 million billion) separate bits of information in a lifetime.