Implementing better mental health habits means you feel good about yourself. You feel good about others as well as being able to cope with your daily life. It’s possible that you will need to seek professional help, which I highly recommend.
You can start simply at home, finding ways to better your emotional health individually. That way you will be able to improve your mood and your overall well-being. Mindfulness meditation transformed my life back in 2014 and I would highly recommend to everyone and anyone to try.
Improving your mental health may seem like an uphill battle, and slightly overwhelming. Trust me when I tell you that practising little habits every day, can improve it. Small things add up and could make a huge difference to your happiness. You also get fully equipped emotionally so you can be able to overcome any future challenges in life, approaching everything with a surprising level head.
The Easiest Positive Mental Health Habits You Need To Start Now
In this article, we are going to outline 5 things you can do today to make yourself happier, stronger, more motivated and well equipped to face any challenge in life. Let’s get rolling.
1.Speak To Yourself With Kindness
According to a publication about saliva drug tests, the way you think about yourself can adversely affect your feelings. (Uh Doi?) If you think about negative things about yourself, then your feelings too are going to be negative.
The best thing is to practice using positive words that will encourage you, give you hope, and motivation. For instance, instead of saying to yourself, “I am not worth for that position. The interview was hard so that job is not mine”, try to tell yourself words like “Interviews are rarely easy but I know I’m ready for the challenge this job will bring”.
2. Focus on The Present, Also Known As Mindfulness
You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep rereading the last one. If you want to focus on the present, you must let go of the negative emotions or difficulties you encountered in the past.
Try to bring awareness to your day to day activities like eating lunch, having a walk in the park and many others. Every day try your best to bring your mind to focus on what you are doing at the moment.
Research shows that physical exercise is good for our bodies as well as our minds. When you get at least 20 minutes of cardio activity every morning before you go to work, your body produces stress-relieving and mood-boosting endorphins and this helps to relieve anxiety and depression.
Try to incorporate exercise to your day like playing a team sport, working out, or going on a short walk every morning. Ensure you can get at least 30 minutes to exercise outdoors daily whether before you go to work or before. Remember, when you expose your body to sunlight, your body produces vitamin D that is helpful when it comes to the production of serotonin in the brain.
4. Mind What You Eat
Everything you consume affects all of you. Your brain, your organs, everything.
What if there was just one thing standing between you and a healthier life?
I know it seems hard to believe but hear me out…
Healthy meals don’t just happen.
(Wouldn’t that be nice?)
You have to decide what you’re eating, make your list, buy the ingredients, and then prepare everything.
And the domino that starts it all is knowing what you’re going to eat.
In other words, the path to health begins with a plan.
Today, you can get your hands on ready-made meal plans with a focus on quick & simple, but delicious, healthy meals – complete with shopping lists and fresh recipes – for a ridiculously low price.
I love this bundle because being overweight could lead you to suffer from self-esteem problems (raises her hand). Ideally, consuming carbohydrates in moderation helps your body to produce serotonin. Serotonin is a substance that helps to keep your mood calm. Protein-rich foods help your body to release dopamine and tyrosine, chemicals that help to keep your mind focused.
Eating more fresh fruits and vegetables with nutrients could help to nourish your body cells, which includes but not limited to those that promote the production of mood-regulating chemicals.
You could also include fish nuts and flaxseed in your diet. These nutrients are said to be helpful when it comes to boosting mood.
5. Get Enough Sleep
Research has linked sleep deprivation to depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety. Getting enough sleep makes you wake up the following day feeling well-rested and enables your mind to function well.
Therefore, try to have specific times when you go to bed and practice good habits before you go to sleep and your sleeping style plays a big role in your sleep quality, which means it might be time for you to switch it up.
In this case, you need to avoid watching TV or using your smartphone when it’s time to sleep as these habits could make you not to get better sleep. Also, avoid caffeinated drinks, I take two cups of coffee in the morning and no more after that. Everything after approximately 1 pm is decaffeinated. Whether it’s green tea or black tea, it’s all decaf!
Things You Can Do Today For Better Mental Health – Bonus
- Seek Professional Support When Needed
It does you no harm when you ask for professional support when it comes to matters to do with your mental health. If your mental health status gets serious, try your best to seek help from mental health professionals. Let your family members and friends know when you are in need.
It’s your time to take the next step to improve your mental health. Do not wait until it’s late. Remember, it’s easier to form new habits when your body and mind are still strong. Incorporate the things we have outlined above into your daily routine to improve your mental health today.