Most people have a problem with their mental health at some point. This can range from something small to something a lot more serious that needs professional medical intervention. Although it’s not possible to prevent all forms of mental illness, it is possible to improve our mental health so that we are better able to focus on the good things in life. These ideas should help you to feel happier and healthier, and to remove toxic issues from your daily life.
It may seem like a strange thing to say when connecting to mental health, but walking tall and standing up straight can really help boost feelings of happiness. Studies have been carried out that prove that walking upright with a straight back and your head held high improve the mood, even if you are angry or worried about something. If you walk hunched over with slouched shoulders, your mind automatically thinks about negative things, bringing your entire mood down and adversely affecting your mental health.
Don’t Take Photos
How many photos do you take in your day to day life? Since the advent of digital cameras and smartphones, probably a huge amount. You may think that’s a good thing because it means you will remember the good times when you’re flicking through the snaps in an idle moment, but that’s not the case. Psychologists point out that looking back through your photos too often can actually cause mild depression, and this is for a number of reasons.
Firstly, looking through old photos (or even fairly recent ones) means that you aren’t living in the moment; instead you’re living in the past and doing that too often is harmful to your mental health. Secondly, lots of photos also mean you weren’t even really paying attention to the day trip or vacation itself; you were too interested in getting the perfect shot for Instagram or Facebook. Finally, when you look at these photos, you’ll miss having the fun that you did, and you could even begin to resent the work you have to do. None of this is good for your mental health. Take advice from the past when people took very few photos, but each one meant something important.
Studies suggest that exercising just three times a week can decrease your risk of developing depression by as much as 19 percent; it’s definitely worth working out for. Not only that but when you are depressed you are much less likely to want to do any exercise in the first place, so going out and making yourself do something is well worth the effort.
You don’t have to actually go to the gym and work out with a lot of people; you can join a class if you prefer something more structured, or you can just go for a run, or even a walk if you want to be on your own. Anything that is exercise in any form is good for you, and the more you do it, the better you will feel both physically and mentally.
Don’t Put Things Off
It’s always tempting to put off a task that you don’t feel like doing, because you’re worried about whether or not you have the ability or you just don’t like the idea of the task itself. Procrastinating may seem like a good idea at the time, but when it comes to it, you’ll still have that task to do, and if you had done it right at the start you could be doing something a lot more fun now. Ensuring you do the mundane tasks will mean you can enjoy your free time and do something you enjoy, be that reading a book, watching TV, heading out somewhere, or playing online scratch cards. Making the most of your free time and ensuring you relax, unwind and give yourself time is just as important as being organized and getting jobs done. The longer you put a potentially unpleasant or boring task off, the longer it will take and the worse you will feel about it, building something that really wasn’t that much of an issue up into something much worse than it really is, making you feel more stressed about it than ever before.
Start your day by tackling the most unpleasant tasks head on, and then move onto the easier, more enjoyable ones. Doing this means you will end the day on a positive note and you’re much more likely to get everything done.
Leave a Bad Relationship
When you’re in a relationship, you want to be with someone who is supportive and who takes care of you as much as you take care of them. It should be a healthy, happy relationship. If it isn’t, and if this toxic relationship is causing you to have problems with your mental health, it’s best to get out of it as quickly as possible in order to save yourself. Being in a bad relationship where you are constantly put down can eat away at your self-esteem, causing anxiety and possibly depression.
You may not realize that you are in a toxic relationship as it is difficult to see what is happening when you are right in the middle of it. Find out what your friends and family think, and when they are giving you advice make sure you listen, even if it is hard to hear. They will only want the best for you, after all, so take note of what they say and act on it if necessary.
Get More Sleep
Without enough sleep, your body is unable to repair itself, and your mind is unable to take any kind of break. Although your brain never actually ‘switches off’ as it is needed to keep your organs working, even when you’re asleep, it does need some time off from thinking about the issues and worries in your life. A good night’s sleep is a great way to give your brain that time. With enough quality rest (something like seven or eight hours a night for most adults, although this does vary) you will wake up feeling refreshed and much happier, and often any problems that you might have been concerned about will seem much smaller and much easier to solve once you’ve rested properly.
If one can implement these things into their lives, they will see many positive changes. A change in attitude and a change in confidence. Nobody ever said that was a bad thing.