Tips on Improving Your Mental Health

Yup. We're going there. Mental health is a controversial topic - some think it's just an excuse for people to complain or that they have anxiety to "get attention". For others, mental health is a very real thing that they're learning to deal with everyday. But mental health is way more than just anxiety or a diagnosis that your labeled with, it's your psychological well being. The way you think and feel about yourself and how you manage everyday hurtles - and although taking care of yourself might mean seeing a professional for guidance, there are steps you can take today to improve your mental health on your own.

1. Write down something you're grateful for

The best-researched method for improving your mental health is keeping a gratitude journal. This has been linked to improved mental health and happiness. If journaling isn't your thing, you might want to keep a gratitude list. The act of simply writing down the things you're thankful for can have a dramatic effect on your overall emotional health. Once you've found something you're grateful for, let yourself feel that emotion.

2. Eat a good meal

The things you eat, nourish your whole body - including your brain! You would be surprised to find out the types of foods that are negatively impacting your mind - you'll want to put those chips down, now. You should incorporate foods with Omega-3 and fatty acids into your diet. There's research to back up that these types of nutrient-rich foods can improve your mood and restore structural integrity to the brain.

3. Get a good nights rest

Research shows that sleep deprivation has a HUGE effect on your mood. Try going to bed at a set time every night and practice good habits before hitting the sheets. A good rule of thumb is to turn off all electronics at least 20-60 minutes before going to bed - Instagram can wait until the morning.

4. Be positive

How you think about yourself can directly impact how you feel - so stop calling yourself a fat loser and instead think good, positive thoughts about yourself! Try writing down three things that you genuinely love about yourself and speak that over you everyday. Before long, you'll find that you're happier and have a more positive sense of self.

5. Exercise!

Working out releases relieving and mood boosting endorphins. Look for small ways to add activity into your day, like walking or taking the stairs instead of an elevator. Also, exposure to Vitamin D (A.K.A sunlight) will not only relieve stress, but also you'll produce more serotonin in your brain.

I assume if you're reading this article, you're on the journey to overcoming your mental health struggles. Let me tell you, I'm right there with you. Mental health is no joke and it has an impact on every part of our bodies - take care of yourself and start making small changes today. Any positive change is win! So let yourself celebrate it and keep moving forward!





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