Speak Woman Magazine Spring 2018 Issue of Speak Woman Magazine - Page 17

tips that will kick-start your journey to boosting your mental health cont. 3. Limit Alcohol Consumption While having an occasional alcoholic beverage with friends can be socially acceptable, it is important to remember that alcohol depresses the Central Nervous System which causes mood fluctuation. It can also numb our emotions, so we can avoid difficult is- sues in life which is why most people choose to drink. Alcohol can become dangerous because it can also reveal and in- tensify feelings and past traumatic events which can create a dangerous situation. So boosting your mental health must in- clude monitoring alcohol consumption. 4. Connect With Others and LAUGH Have you ever had a good laugh after a rough day? I mean yelling out loud, tear falling, belly busting laugh? Did you feel you notice that you felt better afterwards? Having a good laugh is fun, but it is also healthy. Laughter boosts the immune system and trig- gers the release of endorphins, the body’s natur al feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain. So go ahead… Have a good laugh!!! It’s good for you 17