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Surround Yourself With Good People

Being around optimistic and happy people improves outlook, mood, and wanting to accomplish things for yourself and do things for others. Mental health is just as important as physical health and who you surround yourself with on a regular basis plays right into your general wellness making it one of our priorities.

 

Conversely, being around negative people who constantly create a state of anxiety or stress, becomes detrimental to your mental health and eventually metastasizes into erosion of your physical health. Even the anticipation having to deal with toxic people and situations has underlying, subconscious ramifications.

 

The positive hormonal and chemical balance that you work so hard to achieve through exercise and responsible eating habits can be flipped off to create a chemical environment where improvement is in gridlock and health goes on the decline. Evacuation of negativity is essential if progress is to be made. Your goal should be to eradicate, or limit as much as possible, these people and situations by arming yourself with a few of these positive tactics to lessen the load and to maintain outlook, perspective, and direction.

 

Clear the air

If there is a disagreement, the sooner you open up channels of communication to solve it the better. Letting a negative situation fester causes constant internal turmoil whether you are conscious of it or not. I find most times, it was a matter of miscommunication or misunderstanding anyway.

 

Watch less television

The news, although real, is generally filled with despair, negativity, and things that bring you down. Very few ‘mainstream’ shows offer anything positive or real to improve your mental health. Reality shows should be called: ‘escape from my reality’ shows.

 

Stress is further reaching than you might think

The detriments of a continual negative mental environment are far reaching. A stress-like situation creates a biochemical environment that often involves the constant influx of Cortisol, which wreaks havoc on the adrenal glands, nervous system, limbic system of the brain, the hippocampus, and the liver who has to release cholesterol to remanufacture more Cortisol. It is a mental-physical circle that has to be intervened upon.

 

Support sometimes comes from the most unlikely of sources

Motivation and support from people who take interest in your general well being, offer guidance, define purpose and give direction, doesn’t always have to come from friends or loved ones. A kind comment or gesture should always be recognized. Joining groups outside of your immediate circle to engage in hobbies, sports, clubs, activities, is a great option.

 

Here is a nice article that gives a more detailed analysis of the stress situation.

http://www.fi.edu/learn/brain/stress.html#how