Achieving optimal mental health

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20 Suggestions

  1. Keep a gratitude and accomplishment diary. Each day, write down three things you were thankful for and three things you were able to achieve.
  2. Have a cup of coffee to start your day. Consumption of coffee has been related to a reduced risk of depression. If you can’t drink coffee due to the caffeine, consider a healthy beverage like green tea.
  3. Plan a vacation. It might be a vacation to the tropics or a camping trip with pals. Planning a trip and having something to look forward to may increase your happiness for up to 8 weeks!
  4. Play to your strengths. Build self-confidence by doing something you’re excellent at, then go on to a more difficult job.
  5. Maintain a cool environment for a restful night’s sleep. Temperatures between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit are ideal for sleeping.
  6. “You don’t have to look at the whole stairwell; just take the first step.” Martin Luther King, Jr. was a civil rights activist who was assassinated in 1968. Consider one area of your life that you’d want to improve, and see what you can do to take a step in the right direction.
  7. Try a new dish, compose a poem, paint, or do a Pinterest project. There is a connection between creative expression and general happiness.
  8. Show someone special in your life some love. Relationships that are close and of high quality are essential for a happy and healthy existence.
  9. Every few days, treat yourself to a couple of pieces of dark chocolate to boost your brainpower. Chocolate’s flavanoids, caffeine, and theobromine are believed to act synergistically to boost alertness and cognitive abilities.
  10. “Bearing an unwritten tale inside of you is the worst pain there is.” Maya Angelou said it best. If you have personal experience with mental illness or recovery, use the hashtag #mentalillnessfeelslike to share it on Twitter, Instagram, or Tumblr. Take a look at what others are saying.
  11. We don’t always need to add new hobbies to increase our enjoyment. All we have to do now is enjoy the ones we already have. Trying to be upbeat doesn’t imply disregarding life’s darker aspects. It simply entails putting as much emphasis on the good as possible.
  12. Are you worried? To help you clear your thoughts, take a journey down memory lane and paint for approximately 20 minutes. For the greatest impact, use a geometric and somewhat complex pattern. Here you can find hundreds of free printable colouring sheets.
  13. Allow yourself to laugh. Spend time with a humorous buddy, watch a comedy, or watch adorable videos on the internet. Laughter may make you feel less anxious.
  14. Go off the beaten path. Leave your phone at home for a day to get away from the continuous barrage of emails, notifications, and other distractions. Spend time with someone face-to-face doing something enjoyable.
  15. While doing your chores, dance about. Dance lowers cortisol (the stress hormone) and boosts endorphins (the body’s “feel-good” chemicals), so you’ll not only get your tasks done, but you’ll also feel better.
  16. Feel free to yawn. Yawning has been shown in studies to help cool the brain and enhance alertness and mental performance.
  17. Take a warm bath once a week to unwind. Epsom salts may help relieve aches and pains while also increasing magnesium levels, which can be reduced by stress.
  18. Is there anything that has been troubling you? Let everything out…on paper. Writing about unpleasant events may help to alleviate depressive symptoms.
  19. Spend time with a furry companion. Spending time with animals reduces cortisol, a stress hormone, and increases oxytocin, a hormone that promotes pleasure. If you don’t have a pet, befriend someone who does or volunteer at a shelter.
  20. “What is ahead of us and behind us are nothing in comparison to what resides inside us.” And miracles happen when you put what’s within out into the world.” – Henry David Thoreau, author of Walden. Staying “in the present” is a good way to practise mindfulness. Take a look at these suggestions.

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