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3 Tips to Encourage More Mental Breaks

By Stephen R. Farris

When it comes to physical and nutritional health, we should all be getting plenty of exercise and eating more raw vegetables, fresh fruits, and leaner cuts of meat such as poultry, fish, and beef. However, we tend to forget about our mental well-being. Mental health is a much-discussed issue these days, especially with the faster paced way we live.

That's why it's important to not only take care of our physical and nutritional health, but set aside time to better our mental health as well. Take a look at a few tips to help you get started.

Take a Mental Break

While it may sound like daydreaming, it's actually a way to step back, and let your mind wander. For instance, turn those household chores into a mental break. Put a little jazz into cooking meals by turning up the radio and listening to your favorite music. Dance around. Be spontaneous. It might sound weird, but when I'm outside I like to sit back and watch cats and squirrels at play. It takes my mind off of things that are weighing it down and helps me relax. 

Keep a Journal

Like most writers, it's not unusual for them to keep a journal handy to write down something inspiring so they won't forget it later. This can be down when you have a lot of thoughts on your mind. Take a couple of minutes to jot down what's on your mind at the moment. It may be helpful in clearing out some of those thoughts that are causing you anxiety, depression, and/or stress. One less thought could become a moment of peace.

Log Out of Social Media

Depending on the internet browser you use, most are capable of saving you sign-in time by storing your username and password. This makes it convenient, but it also gives you ample opportunity to spend more time than you should with your social media accounts. This usually leads to less productivity if you're doing so at work, or using time that good be put to better use elsewhere. So instead of easy access, try logging out of your social media accounts. When you want to log back in, you'll need to type in your password -- if you can remember it. However, by doing so, you may not feel like logging in when you actually have to type in your password, and this can be a mental advantage to make you stop and think, "do I really need to see if Sally's turtle can do a back flip?" Interesting, but probably not. You might also regulate the amount of time spent on social media. Set up an amount of time (such as 30 minutes) and stick with it. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

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