Tips to Boosting Your Mental Health
- Track gratitude and achievement with a journal. Include 3 things you were grateful for and 3 things you were able to accomplish each day.
2) Start your day with a cup of coffee. Coffee consumption is linked to lower rates of depression. If you can’t drink coffee because of the caffeine, try another good-for-you drink like green tea.
3) Set up a getaway. It could be camping with friends or a trip to the tropics. The act of planning a vacation and having something to look forward to can boost your overall happiness for up to 8 weeks!
4) Work your strengths. Do something you’re good at to build self-confidence, then tackle a tougher task.
5) “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” -Martin Luther King Jr.
Think of something in your life you want to improve, and figure out what you can do to take a step in the right direction.
6) Experiment with a new recipe, write a poem, paint or try a Pinterest project. Creative expression and overall well-being are linked.
7) Show some love to someone in your life. Close, quality relationships are key for a happy, healthy life.
8) Boost brainpower by treating yourself to a couple pieces of dark chocolate every few days. The flavanoids, caffeine, and theobromine in chocolate are thought to work together to improve alertness and mental skills.
9) Sometimes, we don’t need to add new activities to get more pleasure. We just need to soak up the joy in the ones we’ve already got. Trying to be optimistic doesn’t mean ignoring the uglier sides of life. It just means focusing on the positive as much as possible.
13) Has something been bothering you? Let it all out…on paper. Writing about upsetting experiences can reduce symptoms of depression.
13) Spend some time with a furry friend. Time with animals lowers the stress hormone – cortisol, and boosts oxytocin – which stimulates feelings of happiness. If you don’t have a pet, hang out with a friend who does or volunteer at a shelter.
14) Take 30 minutes to go for a walk in nature – it could be a stroll through a park, or a hike in the woods. Research shows that being in nature can increase energy levels, reduce depression and boost well-being.
15) “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” -Albert Einstein
Try something outside of your comfort zone to make room for adventure and excitement in your life.
Have a healthy and happy weekend!
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