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Five Practical Ways To Boost Your Mental Health

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As the world continues to look ahead to more positive days, it’s a good idea to engage in gentle acts that will boost your mental health and happiness.

This is something that we can work on in a number of ways, and will of course take different forms for each of us. I believe that self-care is at the core of this concept, and this is something that we can all embrace to give ourselves a boost!

Why Boost Your Mental Health?

Taking care of your mind is just as important as taking care of your body. Your mental health influences how well you feel during each day, how optimistic you are for the future, and how much you enjoy the small day to day pleasures.

Protecting your mental health is a big concept that requires several smaller acts in a consistent and regular way. There is no one-size fits all approach, and it can be a lot of fun to experiment with different things that make you feel positive.

Today I’m going to explore five simple ways to give your mental health a boost, and to feel better throughout each day.

1. Talk About Your Feelings

Processing your emotions by talking about your feelings is important for so many reasons. Keeping negativity inside can lead to even bigger feelings of frustration and discontent, but sharing these thoughts can really help to soothe them.

If you have been feeling overwhelmed with everything you have been contending with over the last year — or even long before this time — then there’s no benefit to keeping your feelings to yourself.

Reach out to a friend, family member, or support service if there are things in your mind that are bringing you down. These people all want the best for you, and even just a few comforting words can help you to feel less alone with these problems.

This concept extends to asking for help when you feel as though you need it, and not being afraid to be vulnerable and honest with these needs.

2. Stay Active

The importance of staying physically active should never be overlooked when it comes to protecting your mental health. Although the idea of staying active is typically interpreted as engaging in deliberate exercise, it can also take a number of other forms.

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Going out for a walk can be a simple way to stay active, and is something you can make the time to do for a short period every day. You may also try a yoga flow at home, or just a few minutes of simple bodyweight exercises, like squats and lunges.

The aim is just to move your body to refocus your mind!

If you struggle to sleep well at night, then you may find that being active during the day will help to tackle this. Just make sure that you aren’t exercising in the few hours before bedtime, as this can actually keep you up.

3. Rethink Your Diet

Your brain and your body need a wide range of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients from the foods that you eat. When we consistently aren’t consuming enough of these things, then not only can the consequences be felt physically, but also mentally.

If there are certain nutrient deficiencies in your diet, then you could find that your mood is affected, that your energy levels are low, or that you can’t always think as clearly as normal — among a number of other problems. When you experience any of these issues on a regular basis, it can of course impact your mental health and cause further problems.

Although the topic of nutrition may seem like a confusing one, it isn’t all that difficult to take control of your diet and to give both body and mind what they need.

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By gradually increasing your intake of healthy options, such as whole grains and plant-based foods, then you can be sure that you are helping to protect both your physical and mental health.

4. Take A Break

Feeling as though you have to be on top of everything all of the time is not uncommon. We often think that being busy and productive is the best way to stay positive, but it can quickly leave us feeling drained and burnt out.

It may not be practical or possible for you to take time away from home right now, or to enjoy much of a change of scenery, but you can also take breaks in smaller ways.

Scheduling regular breaks throughout your work day is a great way to reset your mind and to de-stress. You can use this time to go for a walk, enjoy your favourite drink, listen to some music, or simply to sit with your thoughts.

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If you are not working right now, then taking short breaks from whatever you are doing during the day can still be incredibly beneficial.

5. Accept Yourself

One of the biggest drains on mental health and happiness can be the pressure we put on ourselves to excel.

It’s obviously great to have goals and ambitions, but trying to accomplish too much in a short space of time could leave anyone feeling emotionally exhausted.

Additionally, it’s very common that we want to change the things about ourselves that we consider to be flaws, or negative characteristics, and this too can be completely exhausting!

When we learn to accept ourselves, we also learn to love ourselves, and this can go a long way to boosting how we feel emotionally each day.

Take Action

These five actions are hopefully things that you feel able to work towards over the next few days and weeks.

When you are taking steps to slow down and take better care of yourself, then this is an amazing point to have reached. If you are looking for additional ways to make positive changes, then my weekly newsletter can help!

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