Your mental health and wellness can affect your quality of life overall. When you’re struggling or feeling stressed, there are plenty of ways to improve your mental wellness.
The following mental health tips can help you start feeling happier, calmer, and healthier.
Getting into the habit of being mindful on a regular basis can help ease stress and other negative thoughts and feelings. You can practice mindfulness by focusing on the present moment instead of thinking about the past or future. Doing this can help take your mind off your worries. You can work on being mindful throughout the day or set aside time to practice it. If you need an anchor to help you focus on the present better, consider focusing on your breathing. (Read “Taking Care of Your Mental Health: 5 Common Types of Therapy”)
Getting restful sleep each night can help boost your mental health and wellness. You should try to get between seven and nine hours of good quality sleep every night. You might need to make some changes to your daily life and your sleep environment to achieve this. For example, you might avoid caffeine and naps later in the day. You should also make sure you’re sleeping on a comfortable bed in a room that’s not too warm or hot. Doing a quiet activity that doesn’t involve screens, such as reading a book, can also make it easier to fall asleep.
Physical activity can do wonders for your mood and emotional well-being. Going for walks provides exercise and fresh air, while workout routines can help you build muscle or improve your flexibility. Being active can help relieve stress and anxiety while giving your mental health a boost. Set aside time for exercise regularly, such as a 30-minute walk or 20-minute fitness routine.
Gratitude can go a long way toward easing negative emotions. Think about what you feel grateful for each day, and write down a few of these in your journal. Doing this daily can help improve your mental wellness and reduce stress. You can do this gratitude exercise first thing in the morning to set a positive tone for the day or before bedtime while you’re thinking about how your day went.
Making sure your body has the vitamins and other nutrients it needs to function can significantly impact your mental health. Choose nutritious foods, such as vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, rather than sugary or processed foods. Healthy fats, such as nuts, can also provide nutrients that support brain health. You should also drink plenty of water throughout the day.
Taking good care of your physical health can help boost your mental health. If you’re due for your next physical wellness visit or simply have a non-emergency medical need, you can make a virtual appointment to talk to a healthcare provider via carbonhealth.com or through the Carbon Health app.