How To Fight Mental Illness 9/5/13
CBS 7 News
WEST TEXAS-From long lines to gridlocked traffic, life in our booming neck of the woods can be stressful.
Expert’s say all of these factors can lead to mental illness, and even though help may not be so easy to find, there are ways to fight it.
Texas Tech physician Dr. Bobby Jain says mental illness has been a growing concern for years in the Permian Basin.
Jain's practice has had a wait list that's been growing for some time, but he says there are ways to beat stress on your own.
“Having a good lifestyle, stable lifestyle, making good choices in life in terms of most importantly your significant other, making good choices in terms of your education, the quality of job, that is very important.”
Exercising is a big part of the battle. Dr. Jain says it’s important to exercise anywhere from 30 to 40 minutes everyday, because it will make a big impact on both your physical and mental well-being.
“What I mean by physical activity is by exercising to a certain level, a certain intensity of work, where your heart rate is increased to up to 80% of your maximum possible for your age and gender,” said Jain.
Expressing your thoughts daily in a journal is another way to deal with stress. Dr. Jain says studies show that people who journal have better skills in expressing themselves.
Jain also says its important to surround yourself with supportive and positive people, because when professional help isn't available, it's important to have someone to talk to.
For those who suffer from mental illness due to genetics, Jain says it’s important to know and concentrate on what you can change. For example, he says we can change the way we look at things; know that we have control over our physical health and the choices we make.
Jain says having faith in something gives you a platform to fall back on; it has spiritual and moralistic values that play a major role in dealing with stress.
Over all Jain says having an adequate balance in life is always key.