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Making Mental Health a Habit

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Making Mental Health a Habit

Thinking about mental health as a habit rather than as something that just exists for the lucky few is one of the best things you can do for your own mental health. Mental health doesn't happen by chance. Mental health is a behavior, and like any behavior, mental health is attainable when you make it a habit.

When you make mental health a habit, mental health becomes something you do rather than something you merely have. To be sure, when you face Develop Good Sleep Habits, it can seem impossible to "do" mental health. These challenges are often all-encompassing, consuming our thoughts, feelings, and actions. That's why creating mental health habits is vital to achieving mental health ("achieving" is a behavior, too, by the way).

Tips for making mental health a habit:

  1. Get out of bed and ready for the day at the same time every day, even when it's hard.
  2. Get moving. Take a walk, stretch, etc. at the same time every day.
  3. Pursue your passion. Actively making regular time for joy, every day, does wonders for mental health.

Be patient and forgiving. It can take a couple months to make a habit stick. If you slip, just pick up the next day. You are capable of making mental health a habit.

Related Articles Dealing with Making Mental Health a Habit

Your Thoughts

Today's Question: What mental health habits do you practice, and how did you make them habits? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.


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At the top and bottom of all our stories, you'll find social share buttons for Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest and other social sites. If you find a particular story, video, psychological test or other HealthyPlace feature helpful, there's a good chance others in need will too. Please share.

We also get many inquiries about our linking policy. If you have a website or blog, you can link to any page on the HealthyPlace website without asking us beforehand.

Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans

Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:

  1. Body Changes in Eating Disorder Recovery
  2. PTSD and Dissociation: What You Need to Know
  3. Fear Change? Seven Ways to Quiet Anxiety of the Unknown

If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.

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From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.

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Stand Up for Mental Health

Thousands Have Joined the Stand Up for Mental Health Campaign

But we still need you. Let others know there's no shame in having depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trichotillomania, OCD, ADHD, schizophrenia or any other mental illness.

Join the Stand Up for Mental Health campaign. Put a button on your website or blog (buttons for family members, parents, mental health professionals and organizations too). We also have covers for Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

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Latest Mental Health News

These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:

  • Increased Diabetes Risk Associated With Youth Antipsychotic Treatment
  • Nerve Damage In MS Could Be Prevented With Epilepsy Drug
  • Group Therapy Helps Autistic Children To Cope Better With Everyday Life
  • Study Finds That Using Smartphone Reminders To Prompt People To Get Moving May Help Reduce Sedentary Behavior
  • Major Depression Linked To Disruption Of Brain's Emotional Networks
  • People Pick Up Sounds That Represent Feelings Such As Sadness And Anger Faster Than Words
  • Researcher Found Chronic Stress And Anxiety Increases Risk Of Depression And Dementia

That's it for now. If you know of anyone who can benefit from this newsletter or the HealthyPlace.com site, I hope you'll pass this onto them. You can also share the newsletter on any social network (like facebook, stumbleupon, or digg) you belong to by clicking the links below. For updates throughout the week:

back to: HealthyPlace.com Mental-Health Newsletter Index

 

HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter

Here's what's happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:

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Advertisement

Alzheimer’s Affects the Entire Family

As a participant in the MINDSET study, Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers can have access to study-related medical care from specialized teams in this field. Participants can continue to see their regular doctor(s) while participating in this study, and medical insurance is not required to participate. Visit AlzheimersGlobalStudy.com to find out if you or your loved one is eligible.

----------

mental-health-habits-healthyplace

Making Mental Health a Habit

Thinking about mental health as a habit rather than as something that just exists for the lucky few is one of the best things you can do for your own mental health. Mental health doesn't happen by chance. Mental health is a behavior, and like any behavior, mental health is attainable when you make it a habit.

When you make mental health a habit, mental health becomes something you do rather than something you merely have. To be sure, when you face Develop Good Sleep Habits, it can seem impossible to "do" mental health. These challenges are often all-encompassing, consuming our thoughts, feelings, and actions. That's why creating mental health habits is vital to achieving mental health ("achieving" is a behavior, too, by the way).

Tips for making mental health a habit:

  1. Get out of bed and ready for the day at the same time every day, even when it's hard.
  2. Get moving. Take a walk, stretch, etc. at the same time every day.
  3. Pursue your passion. Actively making regular time for joy, every day, does wonders for mental health.

Be patient and forgiving. It can take a couple months to make a habit stick. If you slip, just pick up the next day. You are capable of making mental health a habit.

Related Articles Dealing with Making Mental Health a Habit

Your Thoughts

Today's Question: What mental health habits do you practice, and how did you make them habits? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.


continue story below

advertisement

Share our Stories

At the top and bottom of all our stories, you'll find social share buttons for Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest and other social sites. If you find a particular story, video, psychological test or other HealthyPlace feature helpful, there's a good chance others in need will too. Please share.

We also get many inquiries about our linking policy. If you have a website or blog, you can link to any page on the HealthyPlace website without asking us beforehand.

Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans

Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:

  1. Body Changes in Eating Disorder Recovery
  2. PTSD and Dissociation: What You Need to Know
  3. Fear Change? Seven Ways to Quiet Anxiety of the Unknown

If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.

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From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.

------------------------------------------------------------------

Stand Up for Mental Health

Thousands Have Joined the Stand Up for Mental Health Campaign

But we still need you. Let others know there's no shame in having depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trichotillomania, OCD, ADHD, schizophrenia or any other mental illness.

Join the Stand Up for Mental Health campaign. Put a button on your website or blog (buttons for family members, parents, mental health professionals and organizations too). We also have covers for Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

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Latest Mental Health News

These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:

  • Increased Diabetes Risk Associated With Youth Antipsychotic Treatment
  • Nerve Damage In MS Could Be Prevented With Epilepsy Drug
  • Group Therapy Helps Autistic Children To Cope Better With Everyday Life
  • Study Finds That Using Smartphone Reminders To Prompt People To Get Moving May Help Reduce Sedentary Behavior
  • Major Depression Linked To Disruption Of Brain's Emotional Networks
  • People Pick Up Sounds That Represent Feelings Such As Sadness And Anger Faster Than Words
  • Researcher Found Chronic Stress And Anxiety Increases Risk Of Depression And Dementia

That's it for now. If you know of anyone who can benefit from this newsletter or the HealthyPlace.com site, I hope you'll pass this onto them. You can also share the newsletter on any social network (like facebook, stumbleupon, or digg) you belong to by clicking the links below. For updates throughout the week:

back to: HealthyPlace.com Mental-Health Newsletter Index

Last Updated: 04 February 2016
Reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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