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Just as we need to eat the right food and exercise regularly to feel well physically, we also need to look after our mental well-being.

How to improve your mental well-being?

Good mental health isn’t something you have but something you do. To be mentally healthy, you must value and accept yourself.

Mental Well-being is a state of positive mental health in which one:

• realises their abilities
• copes with the normal stresses of life
• works productively and fruitfully
• makes a positive contribution to their community

With mental well-being, one can have the capacity to enjoy life to the fullest and deal with the
normal stresses and challenges of life constructively.

Here are some tips for you to develop positive mental health practices:

Build resilience
Resilience is a coping mechanism that helps you adapt to changes, face challenges in a positive manner and pick yourself up when experiencing setbacks in life.

Be Happy
Sometimes it can be very trying to handle the stresses coming from the environment around you. Make up your mind to be happy. You can choose to take pleasure in life despite life’s many imperfections. When you are happy, you will find little joys in the simple things in life.

Be Active
Having regular exercises not only keeps you physically fit but also helps in regulating your moods and makes you feel better.

Make Friends
Just like your family, good friends can also act as a pillar of support by lending a listening ear or offering advice to you in times of need. Building strong and positive relationships with them will give you a sense of being connected and ensure that you are not alone.

Love Yourself
Learn to treat yourself well. When you love and value yourself, you also increase your self-confidence and capacity to care for and love others.

Cultivating a Healthy Mind for a Healthy Life

• Both your physical health and mental health can affect your overall health.
• Having a healthy mind is just as important as having a healthy body.
• Start developing positive mental health practices to help you achieve mental well-being. It may take some time to adjust to such practices but the results can be rewarding.

(1) ABC of mental health / edited by Teifion Davies, Tom Craig.
2nd ed. Chichester, UK ; Hoboken, NJ : Wiley-Blackwell/BMJ Books, 2009.

(2) Managing your mind : the mental fitness guide / Gillian Butler and Tony Hope.
2nd ed. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007.

(3) The worrywart’s companion: twenty-one ways to soothe yourself and worry smart / by Beverly Potter. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2009.

Our Library colleague, who is an avid traveller, took countless photos during his trips to China. Take a peek at some of the spectacular historical sites covered during his most recent trip this year along the awesome and intriguing Silk Road.

Terra Cotta Warriors

Located in Xi’an, the world famous Qin Terra Cotta Army Museum is a treasure house of history that showcases thousands of clay warriors and horses unearthed near Qin’s mausoleum along with a huge collection of ancient weapons. Today, it is often described as the eighth wonder of the world.

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A close-up view of some of the Warriors
Magao Caves
The Magao Caves is situated at a strategic point along the Silk Route, 25km from downtown Dunhuang on the eastern slop of Mingsha Shan (Mount Echoing Sand). The 492 cells and caves sanctuaries in Magao are famous for their statues and wall paintings, spanning 1,000 years of Buddhist art.  
Magao Caves

Jiayuguan Pass
Jiayuguan Pass is the main part of the western end of the Great Wall built in the Ming Dynasty. It is located at the foot of Jiayuguan Hill, between two hills of which the Pass lies. The Pass is also known as the “The First and Greatest Pass under the Heaven”.
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Fortress Walls, JiayuguanIMG_5027

Flaming Mountain

The Flaming Mountain is largely made up of bare red sand stone hills and is located on the northern edge of the Turpan Basin. As one of the hottest place on earth, there are no traces of plants or animals on the hills of Flaming Mountain. When the region gets so hot, you can see dozens of the red rock hills look like flaming fire balls under the blazing sun, hence, it’s name – Flaming Mountain. Do you know that the Flaming Mountain is made famous by the ancient Chinese classic novel “Journey to the West” and it’s charming hero – the Monkey King?
Flaming Mountain
Camels at the base of Flaming MountainIMG_4819

Have you been to any of the above places? If you have, we love to hear from you.
Here are some related Library books:
The Silk Road :
from Xi’an to Kashgar
DS793 S6 B699
The Terracotta Army :
China’s first emperor
and the birth of a nation
DS747.9 Q254 M266
The seventy wonders of China
DS712 S497
DS705 C539
Frommer’s China
DS705 S932
DS712 H293