Mental health is a critical component of our overall well-being and one we should take regular stock of just as we would our physical fitness or blood pressure. It involves emotional, social, and psychological wellness and influences how we act, think, and feel. Our mental health also affects the way we relate to others, the kind of decisions and choices we make, and how we handle stress.
An ongoing global pandemic has had a negative impact on the mental health of a large portion of the population. As variants of the virus continue to emerge, it’s easy to become pessimistic about returning to a pre-COVID “normal.” But the world has gone through many different challenges in the past, like disease outbreaks, war, and uncertain times. It’s important to remember that these times will pass. If we focus on what we can control and do things that are good for our health and the health of those around us, we will come out of this in perhaps a better state and with a renewed perspective. Mental Health America offers these tips for boosting your mind’s well-being.
Exercise naturally raises the levels of serotonin in the brain. “Even if it’s just for 10 minutes a day, get out and walk. Physical activity can give the brain a positive boost, and being outside can enhance your mood and mental health,” Brad says.
Keep A Gratitude Journal
You don’t have to write down your whole life story, but keeping a journal where you regularly make note of the things you are thankful for can change your mindset.
Reach Out to Friends
Connecting with others improves your mood and helps fight off depression. Brad says, “Checking in with friends and family is also a reminder that you’re not alone.”
Just Say No
If the very idea of the event or task makes you feel tired or stressed, just say no. It can be hard at first, but if you are always doing things to please others at the expense of your own peace, it takes a mental toll.
Get Some Sleep
Research has found that lack of sleep can trigger anxiety. The less sleep people get, the more likely they are to experience psychological distress. Many people sacrifice sleep in order to get their work done or to spend time socializing, but lack of sleep can wreak havoc on your mental well-being.
Try Daily Meditation
A meditation practice is excellent for combating stress and anxiety. Whatever type of meditation you choose, remember that it’s called “a practice” for a reason. You must stick with it and make it a habit in order for it to become a useful tool.
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