5 WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR MENTAL WELL BEING
The holidays can make you feel a whole bunch of different emotions, some can be more intense than others. So, it’s really important to spend some time looking at your current mental health and where you might need to make some adjustments.
Here’s a list of 5 ways you can improve your mental health today:
1. Tell yourself something positive
What you think about yourself can have a powerful effect on how you feel. When we look at ourselves negatively, we often perceive outside events in that same way too. Instead start talking to yourself in a positive way, using words that promote feelings of self-worth and personal power.
2. Focus on one thing in the moment
It can be really easy to allow yourself to jump way to far ahead in your brain, and start focusing on events that haven’t even happened yet. Pause. Just focus on one thing in each moment, what is actually happen, not what might happen! Start by paying attention to your dialing routine, such as taking a shower, eating, going for a walk. When you mind wanders, just bring it back to what you are doing.
3. Eat good meals
We talk about this a lot, but it is so important. What you eat nourishes your whole body, including your brain. Veggies and fruits are loaded with nutrients your entire body needs, they feed every cell of your body, including those that affect mood regulating brain chemicals. Carbohydrates increase serotonin, a chemical that has a calming affect. While foods full of Omega-3 (think fish, and nuts), can improve mood and restore structural integrity – we just wrote about that here.
Your body releases stress-relieving and mood boosting endorphins before and after you workout, which is why exercise is a powerful antidote to stress, anxiety and depression. Look for ways you can make your life more active, take the stairs maybe or walk the longer way home or to your car.
5. Go to bed on time
Have you ever tried to function on little or no sleep? If you have, we’re guessing you were maybe a little cranky, irritated, forgetful and/or clumsy. Sleep deprivation has a significant negative affect on your mood. Try to go to bed at a regular time each day and practice good habits to get better sleep.
You have the power to take control over your mental health, use these steps to improve your resilience and emotional health. Slowly starting new routines, habits, and regular patterns will help you feel better through gradual change. Remember though, be kind to yourself, nothing happens overnight!