Ten Things To Improve Your Mental Health
Everyone is experiencing unexpected transition during these uncertain times because of Covid-19, things are getting difficult. Fear and anxiety can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions. Mental health is as important as physical health. Mental health includes your overall psychological well-being, such as the way you feel about yourself and others and your ability to manage your feelings and deal with everyday difficulties. Taking care of your mental health means taking steps to improve your emotional health.
Here are ten things that can help to improve your mental health.
1. Value yourself: Research shows that how you think about yourself can profoundly affect how you feel. When you treat yourself with kindness, respect, and avoiding self-criticism, you will feel much better. Always make time for your hobbies and favorite project. You can practice using words that promote feelings of self-worth and personal power.
2. Take Care of Your Body: Taking care of yourself physically can improve your mental health. Be sure to eat nutritious meals. Avoid cigarettes, drink plenty of water, get enough sleep, and exercise. Exercise has been shown to help decrease depression and anxiety and improve people’s moods.
3. Surround yourself with good people: When you surround yourself with good people of your circle, you build up positive vibes and create a strong bonding. Spending time with strong family or social connections is generally healthier than those who lack a support network.
4. Set realistic goals + expectations: We all want to feel good by achieving something, but for those who tend to over-achieve, this one for you. Be gentle with yourself and set goals that are truly aligned with the lifestyle you want, keeping in mind that you need down-time for your mental health.
5. Do something for someone else. Research shows that being helpful to others has a beneficial effect on how you feel about yourself. When you become useful and kind, the world will value you. Doing something for someone else is a great way to build self-esteem that will also help to expand your life.
6. Get help when you need it: When you feel low or in need of support, always seek help because it is a sign of strength, not weakness. It is important to remember that people who get appropriate care can recover from mental illness and addiction and lead full, rewarding lives.
7. Quiet Your Mind: Try meditating or reaching out spiritually through prayer. Relaxation exercises and prayer can improve your state of mind and outlook on life. Research shows that meditation may help you feel calm and enhance the effects of therapy.
8. Take breaks. It is essential to take breaks in between when things seem too much. Stepping away for a moment helps you to feel better and refresh your ideas. One thing could be closing your eyes and take ten deep breaths. For each one count to four as you inhale, hold it for a count of four, and then exhale for another four. This method works wonders almost immediately.
9. Write down something you are grateful for. Writing down something you are thankful for helps improve your well-being and mental health and happiness. The best-researched method to increase gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal or write a daily gratitude list. Generally, contemplating gratitude is also useful, but you need to get regular practice to see a long-term benefit. Find something to be grateful for, let it fill your heart, and bask in that feeling.
10. Start today. Don’t wait for tomorrow. Start today because you have the power to take positive steps to improve your resilience and emotional health. It is easier to form new habits when you feel healthy, and then you will have them in place when you need them most. Scheduling your to-do tasks and following it will help you feel better through gradual change. Make it a habit and enjoy it.
PurposeBound Intern 2020