5 Natural Ways to Manage Your Mental Health

By Theresa Harding          This post contains affiliate links.

Mental health awareness is an important topic to be discussed this month.  According to an article in “The State of Mental Health in America”, 1 in 5 Americans suffer from a mental health condition.  That’s over 40 million Americans; more than the populations of New York and Florida combined! 

Also, 56% of American adults with a mental illness do not receive treatment.   Rates of youth with severe depression increased from 5.9% in 2012 to 8.2% in 2015.  Even with severe depression, 76% of youth are left with no or insufficient treatment.  But depression and anxiety are more closely related than you’d suspect, and many people live with both conditions.

Being mentally healthy means that one is psychological, socially and emotionally stable. The following are natural ways through which one can manage mental health in order to experience positive mental health:

Essential Oils

A borderline personality disorder is an illness which is associated with mood swings, change in behavior and how one perceives themselves. It is a serious condition which has on many occasions been connected to suicides and depression. Appropriate ways to manage this condition is through the management of factors like anxiety, which is a major symptom.

Essential oils, in particular, chamomile and lavender have been found to ease anxiety and depression in an individual. To experience positive mental health, these are administered through an application on the skin, around the chest area or palms.

Sunlight

Depression is a mental condition which affects an individual’s feelings, how they conduct themselves and how they think. It affects the mind of the ailing individual in that one can get suicidal or feel worthless. Depression can be long-term or short-term depending on the cause or stage of the condition. 

Sunlight has been found to be a natural way of managing depression. This is because the darkness has been linked to depression in that lack of light to has resulted in the death of brain cells. These cells are located in the regions which are responsible for triggering emotions like happiness.  When your skin is exposed to the sun, your body can then produce vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin. 

Studies have shown there is a link between vitamin D deficiency and depression.  Researchers behind a 2013 meta-analysis noticed those study participants with depression also had low vitamin D levels. They also found that, statistically, people with low vitamin D were at a much greater risk of depression.   

You can have your levels tested to see if you’re deficient.  If you find that you are deficient, you can supplement to bring up your levels.   It is therefore important to stay under sunlight to improve mental health.

Engage in Meditation to Reset Your Mind

Psychological trauma is associated with extreme stress from a certain event leading to an individual being unable to put up with previous memories of the occurrence. Experiences related to war, accidents or even torture are most likely to contribute to Trauma.  Natural means to manage this condition include engaging in meditation and yoga.

These practices have been found to have a positive impact in controlling trauma.  In addition, individuals undergoing trauma due to certain experiences have been exposed to the same events, to help them counter that fear and it has been found to be effective.

Supplements to combat deficiencies

Akathisia is an illness which involves an individual being restless and unable to sit still. It can come up as a result of side effects of certain drugs. Its major symptoms include depression, nausea, nervousness among others. To manage this condition, one has to address those symptoms. 

Nausea can be managed naturally by the use of vitamin B6 supplements which have impacted on neurotransmission.  Also, increase intake of foods rich in magnesium, iron and vitamin D to manage depression and anxiety, and engage in stress management activities, like exercises.  Following these tips above can assist you in advancing towards a road to positive mental health.

How do you manage your mental health?

 References

Costa, J., Marôco, J., Pinto‐Gouveia, J., Ferreira, C., & Castilho, P. (2016). Validation of the psychometric properties of the Self‐Compassion Scale. Testing the factorial validity and factorial invariance of the measure among borderline personality disorder, anxiety disorder, eating disorder and general populations. Clinical psychology & psychotherapy, 23(5), 460-468.

 Hoenders, H. R., Bartels-Velthuis, A. A., Vollbehr, N. K., Bruggeman, R., Knegtering, H., & de Jong, J. T. (2018). Natural Medicines for Psychotic Disorders: A Systematic Review. The Journal of nervous and mental disease, 206(2), 81.

 Mischoulon, D. (2016). 10 Natural Remedies for Treatment of Depression. Depression: Treatment Strategies and Management, 6, 186.

Semiatin, J. N., Torres, S., LaMotte, A. D., Portnoy, G. A., & Murphy, C. M. (2017). Trauma exposure, PTSD symptoms, and presenting clinical problems among male perpetrators of intimate partner violence. Psychology of violence, 7(1), 91.

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About the Author Theresa Harding

Healthy Living isn't difficult. It requires an ongoing lifestyle change with patience and an open mind. I teach this mindset all the time. After 11 years of transitioning from an unhealthy lifestyle to a pain-free one, I think it's important to share my knowledge and research with those who are ready to make that shift in their health and wellness.

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