At times, life might feel very hectic and while we are caught up in our every day lives, we can often forget about our mental health. Several things can rapidly gain control without your knowledge. That’s why it’s more important than ever to stop what we’re doing and think about it. Once you take a step back to have an introspective moment, your output will increase, and your happiness will soar if you give attention to your mental health.
Now more than ever we have seen people struggle with mental health. The recent passing of Twitch, Kate Spade, and Anthony Bourdain, has taught us that no matter your status and wealth; mental health impacts all of us. But how do we turn our our mood around when something has triggered us to feel down? For me, it is important to keep a ritual, and I have made mental health a daily priority. What works for me may not be for everyone, so I can only share what helps me day to day. Some tips for improving your mental health are provided below.
Quick and Easy Tips to Take Care of Mental Health
Get Some Exercise
Some medical professionals have even referred to the exercise as a miracle cure. As a result, you may feel happier, more energized, and more focused. Many people may try to start an exercise routine, but few succeed in maintaining it. Rather than trying to do the Rocky montage all at once, it’s best to start with a small amount each day and build up from there. Remember that you are not training for Olympic competitions and that even a modest quantity of activity can have positive long-term effects.
Have a plan of action that you can follow through on, and if one sort of physical activity isn’t inspiring you, try something new or take your workout outdoors! Your choice of exercise regimen is virtually limitless.
Write Your Thoughts Down
Writing in a journal has been shown to improve health, although this may not be clear at first. Writing can be as simple as jotting down a few words or as long as an extended essay. Whether or not you choose to do so is up to you, but know that the act of putting pen to paper can help you sort through your thoughts and calm your nerves.
Putting your ideas on paper helps you organize them and choose which are most pressing. Moreover, they make a wonderful memento to reflect on your successes in life when you’re feeling down. If you are in a bad place, journaling may help identify if you need mental health rehab.
Learn To Enjoy A Hobby
In this fast-paced world, it can be helpful to have something to focus on other than the worries of everyday life. As such, it can serve as a useful tool for relaxing and unwinding. Hobbies can be a great way to de-stress from high-stakes, decision-heavy work. My hobby is this blog because I love to research and write about topics that are compelling to me. I also enjoy trying new restaurants and sharing my foodie journey on Instagram.
Regardless of what you love to do, choose an activity that will get you out of the house and moving around if you spend most of your day sitting at a desk. If you’re looking for something to keep you from going crazy at work, consider taking up a new pastime. Having a hobby can help you meet new people and deepen the relationships you already have with those you know.
Take a Walk Outside
One of my quick go to pick me up tips is to get a change of scenery. Taking a walk outside helps shift your mental state because you are literally switching your environment. I often find that taking a walk outdoors by the water provides a sense of calm and keeps my thoughts in order.
If you live in a cold environment and an outdoor walk isn’t feasible, try switching on HGTV or Food Network because the topics are easy to digest and provide a sense of calm.
Put Away The Screens
The fact that we now spend more time than ever in front of screens is undeniable. The mental health benefits of putting down the screen, especially while preparing for sleep, are substantial. I love to do digital detoxes to keep my screen usage at a minimum. I wrote all about my digital detox on the blog.
Having trouble falling asleep? Your screen time may be to blame. Our mental health depends on getting enough sleep. As a result, if you have trouble sleeping, you may want to consider avoiding screen time right before bed. A good night’s sleep can provide a positive mental and physical outlook for the following day.