Let’s face it, almost everyone could use a little better mental health. Whether you’re just extra stressed from too many projects at work, or feeling overwhelmed by the dishes in the kitchen, these daily habits are great for helping people get a boost and feel better overall. While major mental health issues require additional intervention, these are tips that can help the average person each day.
Have you ever been so exhausted you thought you would lose your mind? Sleep deprivation is real and it impacts every area of your mental health. Being a little tired is different from being overwhelmed by lack of sleep. For many people, sleep is an area that they can control. It’s important to take the necessary steps to get enough sleep every night. A good sleep schedule goes a long way. Start by turning off technology devices an hour before bed. Avoid caffeine in the afternoon and evening. Make your room cooler and darker. Think about a cave. If needed, sleep with an eye mask to block out more of the light.
If your mind is always on overdrive trying to remember all the things that need to get done at home or at work, start by making lists. Lists help relieve the stress and pressure of trying to remember everything. A good notes app can come with you anywhere so no matter what you need to think about later, you won’t forget. Putting it down means that your mind will be freed to think about other things and you won’t need to fret about it anymore.
Make Time For a Hobby
I know this sounds crazy, but if men can take time to go golfing on the weekends, us ladies can have a hobby too. Whether you enjoy crafting, hiking, drinking craft beer, or finding interesting things to photograph, a hobby will give you something fun to do. We are wired for fun. Our brain needs the dopamine it gets from you doing something enjoyable.
Get Physically Active
Want to relieve stress and improve your mental health? It’s important to get outside and get physically active. You can do this by walking everyday on your breaks at work, going outside with friends after work, or going to the gym. No one exercise is better than another. It’s just important to get moving daily. The happy hormones help your brain and your mental health.
Eat Nutritious Foods
I’m going to say it. If you want better mental health, you need to eat better. It’s because healthy foods nourish your body and your brain and have a direct impact on how you feel every day. Eat from all the food groups, eat colorful fruits and vegetables, and reduce your sugar and processed food intake and you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel. Not only can a poor diet impact your mental health, it affects your physical health as well. Poor diet is also linked to hair loss and other hormonal issues.
Let It Go
So, she had a snarky tone with you. What if it wasn’t about you? It’s important to not take everything so personally. If you have a problem with people, learn to work it out and then let it go. Allowing problems to fester only serves to make your mental health worse. By letting it go you allow yourself space to forgive and move on to more important things.
Foster Positive Relationships
Sometimes it’s important to let go of relationships with people who bring you down. Find relationships and people who build you up and don’t tear you down. Positive relationships have a great effect on how you feel and how you perceive the world.
If you only ever think about the things that are bad, you’ll only ever notice the bad. But by practicing gratitude either by writing it down or saying it out loud daily, you shift your mindset and your perspective. You start to see the world through a different lens and your mind is better able to handle the challenges that come its way. Gratitude has a powerful effect on mental health and practicing it daily can make a big difference. It changes your mind in good ways.