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Four Steps Toward Mental Ease

Posted on July 1, 2017 at 12:50 AM

What it all really boils down to is finding the strength to reject the societal norms that have become so prevalent. Here’s how:

1. Get it Out – The first thing you can do is talk to somebody. Make a connection with someone who will be there to support you when your feelings are positive or negative. That’s what real friends are for. There is no reason to feel ashamed by not feeling good all the time. We need to stop acting like it’s not something we all go through. We all experience an entire spectrum of emotions, and real friends will take the good with the bad.

2. Ditch Your Devices – With all the engaging programming on television and online, it is easy to fall into the trap of making best friends with a device. Same goes for social media.  However, these things will never be a substitute for making real personal connections

with real people in real time. This will also keep you away from the steady flow of negative information that is prevalent in our media.

3. Offline Networking – It’s not enough to rely on just one person for mental support—you really need a network of people. Finding or even building a community of people around a shared interest or activity can do wonders to alleviate the feeling of going at it all alone.  Even when the problems are intensely personal, just having people there to refocus your attention on something can make it all seem a little bit easier.

4. Changing Your Diet – All too often, we bury our worries in alcohol or unhealthy foods because these substances make us feel better… but only temporarily. The problems don’t go away. Furthermore, study after study has shown that processed foods and alcohol make our brains less capable of handling the hassles of daily life. Instead, eating a nutrient-rich diet filled with green vegetables, high-quality protein, and healthy fats gives your brain the nutrients it needs to cope and your body the energy it needs to work it off.

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