10 ways to make optimism your way of life

Tough times come and go but what needs to remain intact is “Optimism”. This mere trait can keep the negativity at bay and help you stay happy always. Further, Optimistic people do better in most avenues of life be it, work, school, sports or relationships. And if these reasons don’t seem enough to opt for optimism then you ought to know that Optimists live longer too!

If you haven’t tasted the feeling of optimism yet, below are a few ways that could help you be optimistic in life and overcome the tough times with a smile:

  1. Read a few motivational as well as inspiring quotes daily. These turn out to be helpful in reviving the positive side of you.
  2. Take out some time daily for deep relaxation. You could listen to soothing music or your favorite songs. Meditation is also a great way to relax your inner self.
  3. Make it a routine to do something that makes you happy and satisfied. This could include just anything that you love doing, like spending quality time with a friend, going out for a movie or even watching your favorite TV show.
  4. Make it a habit to smile often. It would bring good vibes to you as well as those around you.
  5. Ensure to take care of your appearance especially when it comes to stepping out of home; be it for office or social gathering. This makes you feel positive and more confident.
  6. Make it a habit to see good in every situation. This will keep you from grumbling and thus save you from the negative thoughts.
  7. Take enough sleep at night to ensure a fresh start in the morning. Lack of sound sleep impacts the mood as well as the day. Good sleep will charge you up and keep the energy levels high throughout the day.
  8. Stay in the company of positive people.
  9. Learn to be in the present moment. This is possible only if you learn from the past and leave it behind so that there is more space for better things to enter in life.
  10. Enjoy simple things in life rather than waiting for the perfect moments to arrive.

These simple tips if followed could make life much easier and happier. So what are you waiting for? Make optimism an indispensable part of your life and stay happy always.

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Excessive Social media usage linked to poor mental health among teens

There’s no doubt saying that Internet, smart phones and Social media have become an essential part of every teen’s life. Research suggests that 92% of teens go online daily-including 24% who go online “almost constantly”. Facebook and Instagram top the charts among the most used Social Media platforms, with 71% and 52 % respectively. This excessive usage of Social media crops up several mental health problems in teens. It’s important to note that the issue is not with the usage but the amount of time spent browsing and posting on these sites as excess of anything is bad.

A recent study has revealed that adolescents who access social media sites for more than 2 hours a day are more prone to high psychological distress, poor mental health, suicidal thoughts, and an unmet need for mental health support. These should not be treated as mere findings rather need to be considered as warning signals to initiate the preventive measures. As is said “Prevention is better than cure”, Shanti Home rehab suggests parents to keep a check on their ward’s social media usage and vouch for their all round development. Hence, it’s important to make note that kids should devote optimum time for various outdoor activities too rather than just sticking to smart phones.

Another impactful way of addressing this concern is by turning the problem into solution. Rather than getting teens off social media, increased mental health resources could be made available on these platforms. Since majority of adolescent population is present on social media sites; it is the perfect opportunity for the Health service providers to reach out to them and connect with them to share essential knowledge as well as provide health promotion support.

Shanti Home recommends parents to keep track of even a little change in their kid’s behavior and be proactive to visit a doctor for proper consultation.

Simple Tips to recover from Addiction

Addiction of any sort; be it Drug or alcohol is extremely difficult to recover from. The ease with which one gets hooked to any addiction; greater level of difficulty is faced to drop it. Though the process might seem difficult, it’s surely not impossible!

Here are 7 tips by Shanti Home that would prove to be of great help through the recovery process:

Focus on “Today”

Thought process plays a great role in recovery. So as you begin to recover, skip yourself from thinking that you would never drink or use drugs again. Instead, just promise yourself that you would not use these harmful substances “Today”.

Ignore the relapse rates

Your focus needs to be on your personal recovery. Don’t ever get discouraged by the high relapse rates. It’s your strength and determination that would help you attain success in faster recovery.

 Prepare yourself

Overcoming addiction is no small task; hence be ready to accept this huge change in your life. A best idea to get started with the preparation is staying away from friends who use drugs or drink.

Find a substitute for Addiction

The End of an addiction creates a void which needs to be filled with something. Hence, you could include a new activity like reading book in your daily schedule.

List out your Goals

Creating a list of goals that you wish to accomplish as you recover would help in remaining focused. Ensure that the goals are doable.

Meditate

It has been proved through clinical studies that people who meditatestay healthy, focused and have control over their emotions. These benefits are much desired for fast paced recovery.

Get Treatment

Receiving apt treatment for addiction is surely the best way to recover faster under strong guidance.

If you are determined, nothing can keep you from overcoming any sort of addiction. Just believe in yourself!