7 Ways to Boost Mental Health
Mental health is such an important aspect above all because it is an integral part of the other components of our life. If our mind is not well or able to focus, spiritual, emotional, and physical wellness cannot be sustained. All of the aspects must work together for complete holistic well-being. Here are 7 ways to boost your mental health that you can do right away.
Plan for Downtime
Ensure you have at least one full hour of unplanned time within your day. This time can be used to reflect on decisions or appreciating a sunset. No matter how you spend your downtime, make time in your schedule for it daily.
Take a Break
When stress and tasks get too overwhelming, it’s time to pause. Take a day or more off. Stay in a hotel nearby or book a trip away. Changing up your environment will help remove some triggers that cause anxiety or stress. Don’t feel guilty about needing to take a break.
Get moving! Regular exercise releases endorphins in the body that are known to increase your mood and reduce depression. Regular movement can also be beneficial with other ailments in the body. Walking or yoga are great ways to start moving and offer various levels of endurance. Try out my free 30 day yoga challenge to get you moving.
Make Social Connections
Connect with friends and family in real life. The need for human connection has been tested since the pandemic. The lack of connection or touch has had some effect on our mental health. Even if you work remote or live alone, make it a point to be social at least twice a week. Engage at the supermarket, go out for a meal, or spend a day in a coworking space.
I can’t say enough about the importance of sleep. Our physical body repairs faster during rest. After a good night’s rest, our mood is brighter. We have fewer sugar cravings and can be more focused on completing tasks.
Professional therapists are available to talk at all times of the day. Don’t feel like you have to go through anything alone. Talking with someone is accepted and is one of the best ways to really unpack past traumas.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Making healthy decisions when it comes to food and snacks is last but not least. Excessive sugar and grease can make the body feel fatigued. Smoothies are a great meal replacement or healthy snack. Lack of energy will cause you to stay sedentary and other health factors are at risk. Stock up on healthy snacks and preplan your meals to avoid fast food.
Take action today and incorporate some or all of these tips into your routine!