Prioritize Your Mental Health

For most of us, taking care of ourselves means taking care of our body by eating well, exercising, and getting enough sleep. And while all of these are important for physical health, something is missing. Mental health and wellness is more critical now than ever before.  The mind is just as vulnerable.  So many people suffer from poor mental health and taking care of our mental wellness is often overlooked when we think about getting healthy.  It’s time for that to change.  To help you start, we’ve put together a list of 10 things you can incorporate into your routine to help prioritize your mental health.

  1. Keep a Journal. Track gratitude and achievements, each day you should include 3 things you were grateful for and 3 things you were able to accomplish.  Has something been bothering you? Let it all out…on paper. Writing about upsetting experiences can reduce symptoms of depression.
  2. Spend time with friends and family. Plan a vacation or getaway. Having something to look forward to can boost your overall happiness for up to 8 weeks! If a trip isn’t an option, then plan something at home like a cookout, go to a park, or play a game. People are 12 times more likely to feel happy on days that they spend time with friends and family.
  3. Work your strengths. Do something you’re good at to build self-confidence, then tackle a tougher task.
  4. Make time for hobbies and activities that bring you joy. Spending time doing something you love is so important to your well-being. Take time to do the things that make you happy.
  5. Laugh. Hang out with a friend who makes you laugh, watch a funny movie or TV show, even check out some cute videos online.  Laughter helps reduce anxiety.
  6. Unplug and go off the grid. Leave your smart phone at home.  Disconnect from constant emails, alerts, social media and other interruptions. Spend time doing something fun with someone face-to-face instead of digitally.
  7. Practice forgiveness. Even if it’s just forgiving that person who cut you off during your morning drive. People who forgive have better mental health and report being more satisfied with their lives.
  8. Smile. It may not be the easiest thing to do, especially if you are feeling down or anxious, but smiling can help calm you down and lower your heart rate.
  9. Go for a walk outside– it could be a stroll through the park, a walk on the beach or even a quick jaunt around the parking lot at your office. Research shows that being outside can increase energy levels, reduce depression and boost well-being.
  10. Get some sunshine!  But don’t forget to apply sunscreen. Studies show exposure to the sun increases serotonin which correlates with a better mood and feelings of satisfaction and calmness.

Source- Mental Health America

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