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Introduction, Top 10 Tips to Prevent Mental Disorders
Mental illnesses can creep in under the disguise of stress or insomnia, to uncontrolled anxiety and sadness that snowballs into depression.

There is no fool-proof way to prevent mental disorders, however keeping a check on your stress levels, having a healthy mind, body and spirit, will help in boosting low self esteem and control mental disorders.

Be Physically Healthy and Active!

Be Physically Healthy and Active!, Top 10 Tips to Prevent Mental Disorders
. Many studies relate poor physical health to mental instability. Chronic pain and illness can make a person depressed and stressed.

. Performing physical exercises like walking, running, aerobics or yoga help in reducing stress, tension and anger, and in the prevention of depression and anxiety.

. Tip - Eat healthy, go for routine health check ups and be active at every possible instance.

Connect with Others!

Connect with Others!, Top 10 Tips to Prevent Mental Disorders
. Aristotle said 'Man is a social animal by nature. He cannot live without society, if he does so; he is either beast or God.'

. Research has demonstrated numerous benefits of social connection, including greater happiness, better health and a longer life.

. Tip - Don't hesitate to share and discuss your problems with your family and friends. Sharing is caring! Seek help before it is too late.

Stay Positive!!

Stay Positive!!, Top 10 Tips to Prevent Mental Disorders
. Thinking negatively can cause anticipatory anxiety and nervousness. It can drag your mood down, affect your actions and even your health.

. Cultivate a practice of being optimistic, positive and happy.

. Creating avenues of good feelings can boost your ability to bounce back from stress, solve problems, think flexibly and even fight disease.

Sleep Well!

Sleep Well!, Top 10 Tips to Prevent Mental Disorders
. Chronic insomnia can hamper your thinking ability and cognitive responses, leading to depression and anxiety.

. Tip - The human body and mind need sleep for around 6 to 8 hours per day. No matter how busy you are; prioritize your sleep!! Give your mind the relaxation it requires, and help it to function better.

Pay Attention to Warning Signs and Get Medical Help

Pay Attention to Warning Signs and Get Medical Help, Top 10 Tips to Prevent Mental Disorders
. Mental health conditions can be harder to treat, if you wait until symptoms worsen.

. Contact your doctor, if you notice any new symptoms or changes in symptoms or how you feel.

. Consider getting family members or friends involved to look out for warning signs.

Learn Stress Management

Learn Stress Management, Top 10 Tips to Prevent Mental Disorders
. Life is full of challenges. Overcoming life’s hurdles make the journey worth the effort.

. Stress and tension will always be a part of life, learn to handle them better. Research shows that, those who spent time writing about a difficult event had better health and less depression.

. Practice relaxation techniques such as meditation, deep breathing and yoga.

Avoid Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Avoid Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Top 10 Tips to Prevent Mental Disorders
. Indulging in alcoholism or drug abuse can be another trigger factor for mental disorders.

. If you are someone who looks towards alcohol or drugs to deal with stress and problems; you must stop these habits right away.

. Abuse will only lead to newer problems for both the mind and body, not solve existing ones

Challenge your Brain

Challenge your Brain, Top 10 Tips to Prevent Mental Disorders
. If your job doesn't challenge your mind, or if you are a retired person, keep your mind active by doing puzzles, crosswords and playing chess.

. Learn a new skill, language or a challenging hobby and keep your mind engaged. Keep your problem solving abilities alive and active.

Help Others

Help Others, Top 10 Tips to Prevent Mental Disorders
. Studies show that those who constantly help others, are much better acquainted with difficulties of life and have less chances of depression and anxiety.

. People involved in social service experience greater peace, better health and live longer.

Take Care of your Spirit

Take Care of your Spirit, Top 10 Tips to Prevent Mental Disorders
. Spirituality can mean something different for everyone. Connect to what you find meaningful and what gives you peace.

. It may be higher power, compassion or nature; it will bring a more positive attitude towards life and help you cope better with depression and loneliness.

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