Updated: Aug 7, 2019
Kristen Reese; Rediscovering You Board of Directors
10 Ways to Improve Your Mental Health
“It’s up to you today to start making healthy choices. Not choices that are just healthy for your body, but healthy for your mind,” said Steven Maraboli in his book Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience. Just as you would take care of your physical health, it’s necessary to care for your mental health as well. Mental Health America has several suggestions on how to improve your mental health. We wanted to highlight ten of them here:
1. Track gratitude and achievement with a journal- Keeping a journal can be helpful in processing thoughts and feelings. Try writing about three things you are grateful for and three things you achieved each day.
2. Work on your strengths- This will build self-confidence. If you need help identifying your strengths, take the Clifton Strengths assessment at www.gallupstrengthscenter.com. The results will let you know what innately makes you powerful and unique.
3. Get a good night’s sleep- A lack of sleep is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. Harvard Women’s Health Watch suggests sleep loss may result in irritability, impatience, inability to concentrate, and moodiness. Too little sleep can also leave you too tired to do the things you like to do.
4. Experiment- Try a new recipe, write a poem, paint, Pinterest project, music, etc.
5. Take time to laugh- Watch a comedy, check out videos online, or hang out with a friend. This will help you reduce the anxiety you may feel.
6. Try prepping your lunches or picking out your clothes for the work week- It will save time and give you a sense of control, which will then reduce stress.
7. Practice forgiveness- Individuals that practice forgiveness have better mental health, and report being more satisfied with their lives.
8. Feeling stress? Smile- When you smile it lowers your heart rate and calms you down.
9. Do something with family and friends- It is so important to maintain those relationships, and have people you can confide in.
10. Do your best to enjoy 15 minutes of sunshine- Go for a walk (don’t forget to apply sunscreen). Experts believe that Vitamin D is a mood elevator.
For a full list of the tips from Mental Health America, visit https://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/31-tips-boost-your-mental-health.
Rediscovering You wants to dive deeper into the topic of mental health by hosting a free webinar. Join us on Wednesday, August 21st from 7-7:45 p.m. for “Mental Health vs. Mental Illness: What We Need to Know”. For more details on the webinar and to register, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/361065051132569/.