Today 10th October is World Mental Health Day!

To go more in detail, start from “what is World Mental Health Day”
It is a day for:
- global mental health education
- awareness
- advocacy against social stigma.

The whole objective being, celebrating this annual awareness program by bringing mental illness and its major effects on peoples' life to attention worldwide.

What can you do to improve your mental health, apart from world health day?
Keep in mind that mental health is very vital in carrying out different day to day activities.
A happy and peaceful mind is able to come up with umpteen resourceful ideas, and also spread cheers to other minds around.

To simplify,

a disturbed mind set = dull & overused ideas
cranky mood
falling into sickness

a healthy mind set = innovative & resourceful ideas
pleasant mood
immune to mental strain

Be it workplace, on the court, with your folks, etc, carrying around a strained mental health, is pretty much like having a rain cloud over your head.
People notice you real quick, you find disturbance and doing small tasks uneasy, and people find it hard to approach you and so on.

What to do to avoid or get rid of a burdened mind:

Tell yourself something positive.

Practice using words that promote feelings of self-worth and personal power.
Tell yourself “I can do it!”
“I will get the job”
“I will reach my goals”
or start out with admiring what situations you are going to come across
“Today is going to be a good day”
“This work is not that hard, I can surely tackle it”

Write down something you are grateful for.

Gratitude can help in improved well-being and mental health, as well as happiness.
Surely you have come across a lot of posts on social media regarding gratitude.
Gratitude goes a long way, as many of the people around us, don’t have the same privilege as you do.
Be it job, a place on the team, a smartphone or console, food, cars and so on.
So rather than complaining about the things you don’t have, take it upon yourself to be grateful about the things you do have.
Focus on one thing.

Focus helps your mind from distractions.
(The focus talked about here is not the kind we use for doing work, but for living in the present).
Start by bringing awareness to routine activities, such as taking a shower, eating lunch, or walking home. Paying attention to the physical sensations, sounds, smells, or tastes of these experiences helps you focus. When your mind wanders, just bring it back to what you are doing.
On my opinion, as the most important!
So many, and I mean, so many of us neglect this.
Exercise is something that really can take a lot of stress off of us, and can help clear the mind.
Your body releases stress-relieving and mood-boosting endorphins before and after you work out, which is why exercise is a powerful antidote to stress, anxiety, and depression.

Look for small ways to add activity to your day, like:
- taking the stairs instead of the elevator
- going on a short walk
- play a sport

To get the most benefit, aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise daily, and try to do it outdoors. Exposure to sunlight helps your body produce vitamin D, which increases your level of serotonin in the brain.
(Tip: time in nature is a proven stress reducer.)

Eat a good meal.
Let’s admit this, food makes people happy!
It gives us nourishment, but should be eaten in moderate amounts, and one must have bits of everything (i.e. Carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins & minerals, etc)

Open up to someone.

Ofcourse, a lot of people say this helps.
Don’t stress on it though, because this is optional and varies according to different people.
A person doesn’t always have to be satisfied after opening up to someone else. Some can feel comforted just by letting it settle and dissolve on their own.
The plus point to opening up though, is that knowing you are valued by others is important for helping you think more positively. Plus, being more trusting can increase your emotional well-being because as you get better at finding the positive aspects in other people, you become better at recognizing your own.
Take a break.

Lastly, take a break!
Every now and then, in those moments when it all seems like too much, step away, and do anything but whatever was stressing you out, until you feel a little better.
Sometimes the best thing to do is a simple breathing exercise:
Close your eyes
take 10 deep breaths. This works wonders almost immediately.

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

Mental health problems are common but help is available. People with mental health problems can get better and many recover completely.