Mental illness is an epidemic that affects millions of people every year. If you are struggling, there are plenty of ways to improve your mental health. In this blog post, we will go over 5 tips for improving your mental wellness and giving yourself the best chance at a happy life!
Tip #1: Try to reduce stress levels
Stress is the biggest culprit in worsening mental health. Reducing your stress level will have a profound impact on how you feel about yourself and others around you, as well as drastically improve mood and outlook. There are many ways of reducing your overall stress: starting with some simple meditation techniques (such as deep breathing), practicing yoga or other activities that make you relax; taking time for yourself where all electronic devices are turned off and the only thing on your mind is self-care; learning some effective relaxation techniques such as progressive muscle relaxation .
Tip #2: Sleeping properly is vital!
Getting enough quality rest every night can also go a long way towards improving wellbeing. Things like making sure your room is dark and quiet, going to bed at a decent time every night (no staying up late browsing social media), waking up at the same time everyday no matter what.
Tip #3: Eat a healthy diet
What you eat has an impact on your mental health! A poor diet can have wide-ranging effects from increasing stress levels to making it difficult to get good sleep. Eating plenty of vegetables, fruit, whole grains and lean protein will help keep mood stable while also giving energy for daily activities. Drinking enough water each day is essential too! If possible try cooking all meals yourself instead of buying fast food or pre-prepared foods which not only save money but are usually healthier too!
Tip #4: Exercise regularly
Getting out into the fresh air and getting some exercise is another great way to improve mental health. The more active you are, the better your mood will be! Try including workouts at home or outside daily for maximum results.
Tip #5: Be kind to yourself!
People often put themselves down in one way or another; telling themselves they aren’t good enough, that no-one likes them etc… This leads us to feel isolated (because we push people away with our negative attitude) which then makes things worse! Be nice to yourself every day – accept compliments graciously, tell yourself positive things like “I can do this” instead of putting ourselves down all day long.