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5 Essential Mental Health Tips from Dr. Efrat Lamandre

Good mental health is vital for a balanced and happy life. In a special segment on CBS KSEE Fresno, CA, Dr. Efrat Lamandre shared invaluable advice on maintaining mental health. The conversation revealed straightforward yet profound tips that everyone can incorporate into their daily lives.

Emphasizing the importance of self-care and seeking help when needed, Dr. Lamandre offered simple yet effective strategies for enhancing mental health. Here are five key takeaways from her advice during this Mental Health Month.

Make Time For You

“It’s so crucial to carve out that moment,” Dr. Lamandre emphasizes. Whether it’s diving into a good book, soaking in a warm bath, or indulging in your favorite hobby, personal time is a secret weapon for mental clarity and resilience. This practice isn’t just about relaxation. It’s about creating space for self-care, which is fundamental for a balanced life.

Keep Your Circle Close

The importance of connections cannot be overstated. “Your friends and family, if you like your friends and family, they help us stay light and they help us laugh,” says Dr. Lamandre. For those who might feel isolated, seeking out clubs or groups with shared interests can provide a sense of belonging and balance. These relationships serve as a critical support network, essential for our mental well-being.

Stay Grounded With Mindfulness

Mindfulness doesn’t necessarily require meditation. Dr. Lamandre suggests, “It just means taking a moment to be present.” Whether you’re savoring a meal or simply pausing to breathe, mindfulness helps to balance brain chemicals and foster a sense of peace. It’s about appreciating the now and finding calm in the chaos of daily life.

Move Your Body

“Never underestimate the power of movement,” advises Dr. Lamandre. Physical activity is key to mental health, but it doesn’t mean you must embark on intense workouts. A simple walk or any form of gentle movement can have profound effects on your mood and overall well-being. It’s the act of moving that counts, contributing to both physical and mental equilibrium.

Reach Out When You Need It

“Please, reach out when you need it,” Dr. Lamandre urges. Recognizing when you’re feeling overwhelmed and seeking support from friends, family, or mental health professionals is vital. Whether it’s therapy, medication, or a combination of both, there’s no stigma in asking for help. Making the decision to seek assistance is a strong and brave step towards better mental health.

Final Note

These five tips from Dr. Efrat Lamandre are simple yet effective strategies for maintaining your mental health. Remember, making time for self-care, staying connected with others, practicing mindfulness, getting regular movement, and asking for help when necessary are key steps to a healthier mindset. Let’s all take Dr. Lamandre’s words to heart and prioritize our mental wellness.

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