Mental health is a conversation that has gotten louder with more individuals focusing their attention toward that issue. A major concern comes from the growing number of depression and anxiety patients seeking therapy, medications, and other methods to cope with how they are feeling. An article from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America states, “Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year.” But with constant innovation in technology and people’s wants and desires becoming more easily attainable, why are depression, anxiety, and obsessive disorders steadily rising?

Unfortunately, with the ability to obtain nearly any imaginable item, it creates very low patience levels, which in turn leads to frustration, anger, and feelings of anxiety and depression. For most, a lot of these feelings occur very subtly or subconsciously and go unnoticed until they’ve manifest in the brain or body causing physical pain or mental trauma. What is the answer when something you cannot control is the object of multiple stressor points in your life? The key is in the research.

With so many unique and different personality types, everyone has contrasting reactors and indicators that signal specific emotions. Because of this, it is important to understand everything you can about the “when? how? and why?” in regards to some unfavorable feelings we all experience at times. Being proactive in researching how your body works will give you a greater understanding of what works best for you to have the best mental health possible. There are a few minor life alterations that can help increase mental health and well-being.

Getting regular exercise is one of the number one ways to improve mental health. From the Mayo Clinic, they explain the significance regular exercise has on our body and mind:

Virtually any form of exercise, from aerobics to yoga, can act as a stress reliever. If you’re not an athlete or even if you’re out of shape, you can still make a little exercise go a long way toward stress management. Discover the connection between exercise and stress relief — and why exercise should be part of your stress management plan.

From this article you can see the importance placed on finding a workout routine that fits your lifestyle and works best with your body. From hot yoga, pilates, to CrossFit, whatever form of consistent movement that suits you, it is beneficial to help maintain mental health and wellness.

Aside from being active and maintaining physical fitness, what you consume on a daily basis can do a lot to support mental health. Our diet is one of the larger factors that contribute to our mood each day. With so much that has come out in regards to how food is produced and prepared, more people are, rightly so, taking a harder look at what they are putting in their bodies.

Today nutritional plans have become ultra specific and finding something that has wholistic benefits for you personally has never been more important. Eva Selhub writes in a Harvard Health Blog, “Eating high-quality foods that contain lots of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants nourishes the brain and protects it from oxidative stress”. Find what vitamins and minerals you may be lacking and be sure to add those foods to your diet.

Today’s society and innovations are moving so fast it can be hard to keep up at times. With all the change taking place in the world, it is essential to have the knowledge to take care of the mind and body. Do the necessary research, as well as discuss with a physician, what aspects of your life need to be targeted to give you the greatest quality of life.