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30 Powerful yet Simple Tips to Boost Your Mental Health

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This year has been a struggle for so many of us. It’s time to boost your mental health and make a decision to change your outlook for the remainder of this year by putting your mental health first.

Can you relate?

The key to incorporating good mental health habits 

You know the benefits of rising early, exercising, etc. But you have other priorities. You’re overwhelmed to add yet another task to your to-do list. I get it. Here I’ll give some fun and easy tips that won’t take a tonne of your time. 

But before you incorporate any habit, you need a strong “why”. Even if someone’s morning yoga looks attractive on Instagram, you need a solid reason to do it long-term. Write your reasons before you include any of these habits and revisit them from time to time. 

Also, remember: doing something consistently for 5 minutes a day is more effective than doing it for an hour once in a while. 

Start small. Consistency is the key to building good habits. 

1.  Sleep to melt away your stress 

“The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night’s sleep.” ˜Dr. Matthew Walker

a female sleeping to boost her mental health

Sleep is crucial for our physical and mental health. Diseases like depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorders have been linked to sleep.

Below are some small tweaks to get better sleep:

A good night’s sleep helps keep the mind healthy. That said, mental health issues might lead to sleep disorders. Get help from a professional if you cannot sleep despite trying everything.

2. Move it, baby

“When you exercise, it increases endorphins, dopamine, adrenaline, and endocannabinoid — these are all brain chemicals associated with feeling happy, feeling confident, feeling capable, feeling less anxiety and stress, and even less physical pain.”˜Dr. Kelly McGonigal

riding a bike outside to boost your mental health

We often think of exercise as going to the gym or doing serious sporting activities. But exercising for each of us can look different.

Small ways in which you could move more through the day:

3. What you eat is how you feel

“Let food be thy medicine, thy medicine shall be thy food.” ˜ Hippocrates

two people creating and cooking healthy meals

Eating healthy has a direct impact on our mental wellness. Food affects our energy levels, moods, and ability to focus or think with clarity.

Eating home-cooked, healthy, nutritious meals is ideal. But I get that you’re busy and that’s not always possible. Here are some easy ways to include more healthy meals in your day: 

4. Quieten the mind for inner peace

“Meditation means letting go of our baggage, letting go of all the pre-rehearsed stories and inner-dialogue that we’ve grown so attached to.” ˜Andy Puddicombe

a person meditating to boost her mental health

Meditation helps lower stress and anxiety. It gives better clarity and focus and has a host of other benefits. I’ve been meditating for seven years now and it is one of my best tools for boosting mental health.

Sitting with your eyes closed and doing nothing feels like a waste of time for many people. But as someone said, people who think they’re too busy to meditate need it the most.

Even 5 minutes of mindfulness will have a positive impact on your day.

5. Times spent with loved ones are precious

“What if you moved through the world as if you were easy to be loved? Because I promise you, you are easy to love.” ˜Sonalee Rashatwar

two females spending time together outside to boost mental health

Don’t let work or family responsibilities consume your entire being. Medical professionals say that loneliness increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases by 30%. It can be as bad as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

If you’re lonely, find out how you could connect more. Anything that you’re serious about pursuing needs planning.

6. Do something to love

“A hobby a day keeps the doldrums away.” ˜ Phyllis McGinley

A hobby can be anything from crocheting a scarf to reading a book to going for a hike. Do something that is not work-related and enjoy the moments. Involve friends and family in your hobbies, if possible. That way, you get to spend quality time while pursuing things you love.

7.  Cut back on social media

Social media is a major cause of rising mental health issues. But giving up on social media might not be an option for many of us as our work depends on it. Block time on your calendar for social media activities instead of checking your phone all the time.

8.  Take it easy

Despite everything, you’ll have bad days. Everybody does. Don’t beat yourself up for it. Be gentle during times of distress.
Be ready for the days on which you feel overwhelmed. For example:

Despite everything, you might still feel unwell. Do visit a doctor when you think you need help.

Simple and easy acts towards a more mindful, healthy living go a long way to keep us mentally fit. You can’t take care of everything at once. Pick the area you feel inclined toward and make small changes. Then move on to the next. A healthy life takes effort and planning. But it all begins with baby steps.

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