Habits that may Improve Your Mental Health and Adrenal Fatigue – Part 2
- Put the camera down – Taking pictures of things may actually hinder your ability to remember what you’re photographing, according to research. In a study published in Psychological Science, people remembered less of things they photographed than they did things they didn’t.If you need to take a picture, fine, but try to spend more time enjoying an experience than recording it, you’ll get more out of it and you’ll remember more of it.
- Deal with bullies – If you were bullied in school and you think that you left that mess behind you when you graduated, think again. Approximately 35% of people are bullied in the workplace at some point, and more than 70% of people have witnessed bullying in the workplace.If you’re being bullied at work, carefully document as many interactions as you can and deal with it according to your company’s policies. If you’ve witnessed bullying at work, speak up. It wasn’t okay in high school, and it’s not okay now.
- Get out of toxic relationships – This can be tough, but if you are in any kind of abusive relationship, get help. We typically think of abusive relationships as being romantic in nature, but abuse can be found anywhere, from friends, family members, or anyone else. Abuse destroys your self-esteem and can leave you feeling anxious and depressed. You don’t have to put up with being mistreated. It will take work, but when you finally stand up for yourself, you’ll be glad you did.
- Get some rest – Sleep is vital for both physical and mental health, but most people don’t get enough. Not getting enough sleep can drain your immune system, making you prone to illness, interfere with your cognitive abilities, and leave you feeling drained. If you’re burning the candle at both ends, it’s time to slow down. If you’re suffering from insomnia, work on creating a restful environment and a relaxing bedtime routine.
- Have a conversation – Texting and social media are great for staying in touch with distant family and friends, but it doesn’t replace face to face conversations. Interacting with others through a computer screen doesn’t allow you to connect in the same way as an in-person conversation. Put down your phone and talk to someone. Better yet, make a point to have a real conversation with another person face to face at least once a week, daily is better.
- Get some sun – It’s a well known fact that people are more likely to experience depression and for depression to become worse in the winter than in the summer. Sunshine stimulates the productions of endorphins and serotonin. It also boosts your vitamin D levels, which can help boost your immune system. Indoor light doesn’t count, get outside and get a little sun.
- Stop complaining – When things aren’t going well, it’s natural to want to complain about it. Problem is, complaining accomplishes little more than keeping you stuck in negative patterns. When in your life isn’t going the way you want, instead of complaining try brainstorming a solution. Not only will you take steps to fix the problem, you’ll find your whole outlook on life improves.
If you really want a powerful mood booster, find a friend (or a few friends) who makes you laugh, leave the gadgets at home, and go for a walk in the sunshine, and be sure to walk tall, like you mean it. Go to a park and take in some nature, and you’ll be adding an additional depression fighter as well as helping you recover from adrenal fatigue. A good mood is vital to decreasing stress and helping your adrenals recover.
Decreasing stress and improving your mental will not only help with AFS and depression, but also with the neuroendocrine metabolic (NEM) stress response. This stress response actually helps explain part of why improving mood might help with overall health. The mind and body are interconnected through web of systems throughout the body. When the diet is good, outlook is happy, and you are well rested, your health tends to improve. This is because in times of stress, all the systems in the body work together to help combat stress. When out of balance the mind and hormones are affected. When in balance, as happens with a good diet and outlook, the body is in a better place to heal.