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How to Calm Your Nerves and Protect Mental Health

By Genevieve Cunningham

There are a lot of different things that affect mental health. Genetics, life situations, and personal self-care are just a few. But no matter what affects mental health, it's incredibly important to do everything you can to protect yourself and keep yourself mentally well. Sometimes this means getting professional help, but other times it means making some small changes to your life that can help calm your nerves and mind. If you're feeling a bit out of sorts, take a look at these tips for keeping yourself calm and balanced in everyday life.

Learn Breathing Techniques

Many people swear by deep breathing for calming your body and mind. These techniques can be learned through meditation practice, yoga classes, or you can learn all on your own. Most of the time it will include taking a set number of very deep breaths. This helps to calm the mind, stop obsessive thoughts, and slow your heart rate. If you need something that you can use at a moment's notice, deep breathing might be just the place to begin.

Surround Yourself With the Right People

People really underestimate their crowd. Surrounding yourself with the wrong people can have a huge impact on your mental wellness. If you're trying to keep yourself calm, you need to surround yourself with people who encourage this. Don't surround yourself with people who love drama or who are full of negativity.  Keep a calm, positive crowd, and it will be easier to keep yourself in this state.

Talk It Out

Sometimes you have to just talk it out. Holding in negative emotions generally leads to an explosive episode of anger, depression, or both. Talk to a friend, a family member, or even a counselor. Get out the emotions, get some advice, and you're likely to feel a lot better.

Focus on Self-Care

If you don't take care of yourself, who will do it for you? Self-care might include eating healthy meals, taking a day off, spending some time alone, or doing anything that makes you feel strong and capable. Make self-care a regular part of your routine; enjoying a calm and centered presence will be a lot easier.

Maintaining good mental health is very important for quality of life. When you feel nervous or anxious or worked up all of the time, it's tough to feel happy or productive. Use these tips to keep yourself calm and balanced, and protect your mental health a little bit more every day.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Nashua, N.H.

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