Even if you get rid of all the rubbish… Small habits that help mental health


Small habits around you, such as tidying up, reading, and music are important to your mental health. [사진=클립아트코리아]

Mental health is just as important as physical health. A healthy mind resides in a healthy body, but people who do not have a healthy mind often fail to properly take care of their physical health.

American health media WebMD recently introduced some small habits that can help mental health in daily life.

WebMD explained, “For mental uplift, it is important to create habits that make you happy. These habits can help you get through difficult times.” Of course, if the severity of depression or anxiety is severe, it is most important to consult with a specialist such as a doctor.

clearing up litter

If something useless is just taking up space, it’s best to deal with it right away. One study found that when you’re surrounded by too many objects, visual clutter directly affects your brain. It distracts us and interferes with our ability to process information.

Other studies have shown that a cluttered home environment increases cortisol, the stress hormone, especially in women. It’s a good idea to get rid of the clutter around you right now or make a plan to organize it.

buy something cool

I am not talking about luxuries such as fancy electronics or designer clothes. Of course, these cool things can make you feel refreshed for a while. However, such reckless consumption is of little help. So, what is consumption that helps relieve depression? According to research, the most important thing to achieve a therapeutic effect called ‘consumption therapy’ is ‘control’.

When we make wise choices for ourselves, we can feel the sense of control we have over our environment. It’s also a good idea to try some smart shopping to help get you out of your short-term sadness. However, it is important to shop within your budget.

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Find something to read

One of the quickest tickets to getting out of a bad mood is reading. Studies have shown that reading is effective not only for mental flexibility and brain function, but also for improving symptoms of depression. You just have to choose something to read that is fascinating and enjoyable. Find a book or interesting magazine you want to read, and read quietly for at least 30 minutes each day.

Spending time with your pet

One study found that college students who took only 10 minutes of rest with a docile dog or cat had sharply lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Many college campuses in the US have even launched ‘Stress Relief with Pets’ programs. Spending special time with your pet or volunteering at a shelter or adoption event is one of the great ways to reduce stress.

Listening to music

Classical music can relieve tension. But what if your tastes are a little more energetic? A team of researchers in Italy has found that fast-tempo music can help calm people down. After listening to a fast-paced song, the subjects’ blood pressure and heart rate stabilized. After all, music can help relieve stress regardless of genre.

healthy diet

A healthy diet can quickly get rid of depression, and maintaining this diet can help keep depression away. A team of researchers looked at adults who ate a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and lean meat for several weeks. resultAccording to the study, the Mediterranean diet, which included grains and olive oil, was effective in relieving depression in adults.

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do acupressure

Relaxing acupressure can reduce anxiety and improve blood flow. Acupressure, which points to the midpoint between the eyebrows, is a simple and good way to relieve tension. While sitting comfortably, press your thumb or forefinger in small, soft circles between your eyebrows for 5 to 10 minutes. You can repeat it several times a day.

walking in nature

Ecotherapy explores how precious time spent in nature relieves stress, anxiety, and depression. It is good to start with a walk close to home for 30 minutes at least once or twice a week, and if you are motivated, try a longer-term ‘forest bathing’. Bringing a friend along also works.

Finding a substitute for nature

Even if you are confined indoors or the weather is bad, natural stimulation can have a similar soothing effect. One study found that just hearing the sounds of nature or even looking at pictures of a pretty outdoor setting or a place you want to visit can cheer you up. Researchers said that just literally ‘outing’ the mind from negative things can reduce mental fatigue and tension.

Take advantage of the app

In the world of mental health programs and smartphone apps, there is no need to make an appointment. Apps on your smartphone cannot diagnose or treat conditions like depression or anxiety, but they can help you manage your emotions. Download podcasts, audiobooks and apps to refresh yourself while driving, waiting in line, or taking a walk.

give and receive help

When we’re feeling down, it’s often easy for us to think that others need to know. But in order for you to be helped, you must first help. Make time for friends and family, and offer to help them when you can. Some studies say that giving help may be more encouraging for mental health than getting help.

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find something fun

Whether it’s a funny video of people falling, a funny comedy or a witty friend, look for something that makes you laugh. A humor essay book, a funny podcast, or a joke from a magazine can also be a great antidepressant. Studies have shown that laughter and the resulting distraction are one of the best mood-altering drugs.

Reporter Kim Soo-hyun ksm78@kormedi.com

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