- What do you usually do when you feel sad?
- Do you have a healthy lifestyle? Why or why not?
- abstain /ab-STEYN/
- keen /keen/
- severe /suh-VEER/
- distress /dih-STRES/
- alternative /awl-TUR-nuh-tiv/
- advantageous /ad-vuhn-TEY-juhs/
[verb] to not do something, especially something enjoyable that you think might be bad
He made a promise that starting next month, he will abstain from alcohol and smoking.
[adjective] very interested, eager, or wanting (to do) something very much
She was keen to know the process of getting a national ID.
[adjective] causing very great pain, difficulty, worry, damage, etc.; very serious
I did not go to work yesterday due to a severe headache.
[noun] a feeling of extreme worry, sadness, or pain
Last night’s incident caused her emotional and psychological distress.
[noun] something that is different from something else, especially from what is usual, and offering the possibility of choice
For some people, energy drinks are a good alternative to coffee to keep them awake.
[adjective] giving advantages or helping to make you more successful
The mayor’s new program is advantageous to poorer families.
1. Quit alcohol
A recent study asked 10,386 adults and found out that those who abstain from alcohol were at their highest state of mental well-being. Women who were moderate drinkers (seven or fewer drinks per week) and those who quit alcohol during the study period showed a vital result in their mental health.
2. Social media detox
Over the past years, researchers were keen on finding the bad effects of social media on one’s mental health. A study in the UK analyzed 12, 866 teens aged 13 and 16 and found out that checking one’s phone several times a day results in poor mental well-being. It is deemed that the lack of sleep and physical activities caused by staying too much on social media sites are two probable reasons for poor mental health conditions.
3. Avoid junk food and eat more fruits and vegetables
Fruit and vegetable consumption could also improve one’s mental health. Researchers collected the data from 245,891 phone surveys and discovered that adults who ate unhealthy food like french fries, fast food, and soda were more likely to develop moderate to severe mental distress rather than those who ate a healthier diet. The findings correlate with the studies from other countries saying that poor diet results in mental illness.
4. Supplement intake
Aside from eating fruits and vegetables, taking dietary supplements is also a good alternative to boost mental health. The researchers studied that data from 10, 951 people and found out that specific supplements could help reduce depressive illnesses compared to taking antidepressants alone. Some supplements could also be advantageous for mood disorders and schizophrenia.
- In the article, what is mental health?
- What are the four healthy lifestyles that could boost mental health?
- How many teens were analyzed in a study conducted in the UK?
- Based on the article, what are the advantages of taking specific supplements?
- What are the two probable causes of poor mental health condition?
- What are your thoughts on this article?
- Do you think the four lifestyle changes mentioned in the article are effective? Why or why not?
- How important is our mental health? Explain your answer.
- Do you think sharing your problems with other people helps you feel better? Why or why not?
- In your own ways, give 3 activities that would boost mental health.