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In the twenty first century, mental health is finally being seen as important as physical well being. Sometimes, we may suffer from acute periods of stress or anxiety, and the chances are that we are able to manage these moments effectively.

However, sometimes these acute periods of feeling down can turn into more chronic depression or trauma episodes. These can be difficult to manage as we are not equipped with the strategies to help ourselves. If you need to visit a doctor don’t worry about being prescribed antidepressants. The first port of call for a medical professional will be a mindfulness course or a talking therapy rather than drugs. Nowadays, there are even non-invasive therapies like TMS, which don’t require any medication at all. Take a look at how you can improve your mental health by trying out these three strategies.

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Get Active

Being busy can help keep your mind focused rather than drifting towards worries and concerns. Staying active by completing worthwhile activities can give you the opportunity to learn new things, keep fit or meet new people.

If you have a particularly stressful job, it’s important that you have an active outlet. Heading to the gym can be the perfect way to release your frustrations. Maybe in a boxing session or when pounding the treadmill. Alternatively, if this activity is a tad too energetic, you can have a go at some yoga. You can improve balance with yoga and enhance the strength of your inner core. This can help you to find an inner level of calm that you never realized you had.

Learn Something New

Learning new skills can help you to look forward to the future rather than worry about it. By enrolling in that cake decorating course that you’ve had your eye on, you can focus on this rather than getting stressed. You might choose to have a go at learning the piano, heading to a martial arts taster session or you could even learn a language. These new skills can empower you and make you feel more confident. Trying to beat stress, anxiety and depression with more life-affirming experiences can work.

Travel

Your mental health can be found languishing if you feel like you are stuck in a rut. While you should never run away from a problem, there is some truth in the old adage that a change is as good as a rest. Take some of the holidays you are owed and go overseas for a little while.

This can give you a unique opportunity to meet new people, immerse yourself in new cultures and try new cuisine. The distance between you and your real-life back at home gives you the much needed mental space. If you fancy a cruise, go for it. If a trek up the Inca Trail is more your thing, get it booked. Or if a beach holiday will be more relaxing, investigate all-inclusive resorts.

Follow these steps and you can enhance your mental health.

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