Saturday, October 26, 2013

How to Protect Your Mental Health and Avoid an Emotional Breakdown


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By Dr. Mercola

    If you physically over-tax your body, 

say by overexerting yourself on ahot day or staying up for 24 hours with no
sleep, you probably wouldn’t besurprised if it suddenly “breaks down.”

    We avoid such pitfalls by tending to our physical health, resting and
drinking water when doing taxing work in the outdoor heat or making sure we
get adequate sleep on most nights.

    Your mind is subject to the same rules, meaning that it can only take so
much stress before it breaks down, yet many neglect to tend to their
emotional health with the same devotion they give to their physical well-
being. This is a mistake, but one that’s easily remedied with the following
tips for emotional nurturing.

9 Strategies to Stay Emotionally Healthy and Avoid a Breakdown

    1. Be an Optimist

        Looking on the bright side increases your ability to experience
happiness in your day-to-day life while helping you cope more effectively
with stress.

    2. Have Hope

        Having hope allows you to see the light at the end of the tunnel,
helping you push through even dark, challenging times. Accomplishing goals,
even small ones, can help you to build your level of hope.

    3. Accept Yourself

        Self-deprecating remarks and thoughts will shroud your mind with
negativity and foster increased levels of stress. Seek out and embrace the
positive traits of yourself and your life, and avoid measuring your own worth
by comparing yourself to those around you.

    4. Stay Connected

        Having loving and supportive relationships helps you feel connected
and accepted, and promote a more positive mood. Intimate relationships help
meet your emotional needs, so make it a point to reach out to others to
develop and nurture these relationships in your life.

    5. Express Gratitude

        People who are thankful for what they have are better able to cope
with stress, have more positive emotions, and are better able to reach their
goals. The best way to harness the positive power of gratitude is to keep a
gratitude journal or list, where you actively write down exactly what you’re
grateful for each day. Doing so has been linked to happier moods, greater
optimism and even better physical health.

    6. Find Your Purpose and Meaning

        When you have a purpose or goal that you’re striving for, your life
will take on a new meaning that supports your mental well-being. If you’re
not sure what your purpose is, explore your natural talents and interests to
help find it, and also consider your role in intimate relationships and
ability to grow spiritually.

    7. Master Your Environment

        When you have mastery over your environment, you’ve learned how to
best modify your unique circumstances for the most emotional balance, which
leads to feelings of pride and success. Mastery entails using skills such as
time management and prioritization along with believing in your ability to
handle whatever life throws your way.

    8. Exercise Regularly

        Exercise boosts levels of health-promoting neurochemicals like
serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, which may help buffer some of the
effects of stress and also relieve some symptoms of depression. Rather than
viewing exercise as a medical tool to lose weight, prevent disease, and live
longer – all benefits that occur in the future – try viewing exercise as a
daily tool to immediately enhance your frame of mind, reduce stress and feel

    9. Practice Mindfulness

        Practicing “mindfulness” means that you’re actively paying attention
to the moment you’re in right now. Rather than letting your mind wander, when
you’re mindful you’re living in the moment and letting distracting or
negative thoughts pass through your mind without getting caught up in their
emotional implications. Mindfulness can help you reduce stress for increased
well-being as well as achieve undistracted focus.

Are You in the Midst of an Emotional Breakdown?

    If difficult life circumstances and the negative emotions they create are
making happiness hard to come by, I urge you to try the Emotional Freedom
Technique (EFT).

    EFT is a powerful self-help method based on research showing that
emotional trauma contributes greatly to disease. Clinical trials have shown
that EFT is able to rapidly reduce the emotional impact of memories and
incidents that trigger emotional distress. Once the distress is reduced or
removed, your body can often rebalance itself and accelerate healing.

    I've seen its effectiveness first-hand for a number of years, which is
why EFT is the healing technique I most highly recommend to optimize your
emotional health.

    Specifically, EFT is a form of psychological acupressure, based on the
same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and
emotional ailments for over five thousand years, but without the evasiveness
of needles. Instead, simple tapping with your fingertips is used to input
kinetic energy onto specific meridians on your head and chest while you think
about your specific problem -- whether it is a traumatic event, an addiction,
pain, etc. - and voice positive affirmations.

    This combination of tapping the energy meridians and voicing positive
affirmation works to clear the "short-circuit" — the emotional block — from
your body's bioenergy system, thus restoring your mind and body's balance,
which is essential for optimal emotional health and the healing of physical

Healthy Habits are Happy Habits

    Embracing healthy habits will help keep your mood elevated naturally even
in the midst of stress. Happy people tend to be healthy people, and vice
versa, so in addition to the tips above, the following lifestyle strategies
can also help to support emotional wellness:

        Eat well: What you eat directly impacts your mood and energy levels
in both the short and long term. Whereas eating right can prime your body and
brain to be in a focused, happy state, eating processed junk foods will leave
you sluggish and prone to chronic disease. My free nutrition plan is an
excellent tool to help you choose the best foods for both physical and
emotional wellness.

        Proper sleep: Sleep deprivation is linked to psychiatric disorders
such as anxiety and bipolar depression, while getting the right amount of
sleep has been linked to positive personality characteristics such as
optimism and greater self-esteem, as well as a greater ability to solve
difficult problems.

        Animal-based omega-3 fats: Low concentrations of the omega-3 fats EPA
and DHA are known to increase your risk for mood swings and mood disorders.
Those suffering from depression have been found to have lower levels of
omega-3 in their blood, compared to non-depressed individuals. Krill oil is
my preferred source of omega-3 fats.

        Regular sun exposure: This is essential for vitamin D production, low
levels of which are linked to depression. But even beyond vitamin D, regular
safe sun exposure is known to enhance mood and energy through the release of

Thank You Dr. Mercola

God Bless Everyone & God Bless The United States of America.

Larry Nelson
42 S. Sherwood Dr.
Belton, Tx. 76513

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