7 ways to boost your mental health TODAY
-Jan 30, Hannah Hargrave , Mind -
Making your mental health a priority has never been so important and while there’s thankfully a wealth of professional support out there, you can also make a big difference to your emotional wellbeing yourself.
If you’re struggling with your mental health, whether it be in the form of anxiety, depression or stress, your mood, productivity, focus and overall enjoyment of life can be majorly impacted.
You may even think you don’t have time to focus on your feelings, but there’s a lot you can do to make a difference to your mindset, on your own, today.
Life goes by in a flash and if your mind is all over the place, you can miss so much of it. Learn to be more present, look around you and take in the sights, the sounds, the tastes and appreciate them. This will help you to slow down and focus.
Exercise is a great way to relieve stress and lift your mood, plus it keeps you physically healthy too. When you’re feeling overwhelmed or down in the dumps, grab your trainers and get the blood pumping. You don’t have to wait months to start reaping the rewards of exercise, because as you workout your body releases feel good endorphins and you can instantly start to feel better.
Not to mention if you exercise outside you get the joyful benefits of the fresh air too.
Talk to someone
You may think that by talking about your problems you’re burdening someone else with them. But by venting your concerns or frustrations you will not only feel a weight lifted from your shoulders, but you may find they can help you come up with a solution. Keeping your emotions bottled up does nobody any good.
Do something for someone else
Being kind, helpful or doing something good for someone else has been shown to increase your happiness levels. It doesn’t have to be something monumental either, a simple act of kindness goes a long way to making them, and in turn you, feel lighter, more fulfilled and more joyful.
Sometimes it can be tricky to see that you have anything to be grateful for, especially when you’re bogged down in a fog of emotions, but gratitude has been heavily linked to improved mental health, happiness and wellbeing.
Each night write down one thing you have been grateful for that day. Make it a habit and you’ll gradually start to see what you do have, rather than focusing on what you don’t.
If something if stressing you out, take a break from it. Rather than forcing yourself to plug on and making your mental mindset even worse, walk away and take some deep breaths. Concentrate on something else for a while until you feel ready to return to what it was you were doing.
Get quality sleep
When you’re sleep deprived everything seems worse than it is. Quality sleep is imperative for your mental wellbeing. But when you’re stressed or worked up it can be difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep too.
Try to get to sleep at a reasonable time. Staying up late working or worrying will leave you way less capable of being productive the following day.
To help you drift off, put away your electronic devices a couple of hours before bed – which means no checking emails just before lights out.
By setting regular times to go to bed and wake up you’ll begin to reset your circadian rhythm and in turn improve sleep and your mental wellbeing too. In fact even one night of quality sleep can instantly make you feel better.