Mental health is an important part of our self, affecting our work habits, relationships, overall mood, and more. Improving your mental health might sound difficult, but it’s possible to take small steps right now. Here are some suggestions:
Take a walk.
This is one of the most common advice points, but walking can benefit you mentally, emotionally, and physically. Research shows that just minutes of walking can boost creativity by up to 60 percent, increase attentiveness, and reduce feelings of anxiety. The best part about walking is its versatility- it can be done just about anywhere and at any time. Walk to and from work if you can, or take a stroll during your lunch break. Don’t have that much time? Take a lap around your office.
Prepare the night before.
Mornings can often be hectic and it doesn’t help if you’re unprepared to start the day out right. Doing small tasks such as packing you lunch or pre-planning your outfit gets you ready and less to worry about in the morning. This can lead to better sleep, which helps your overall mood. For first thing in the morning, try an affirmation, an uplifting statement, something as simple as, “Today is going to be a good day.” This can put you in a positive mindset to help tackle the day.
Listen to music.
Music has mass appeal because there are so many different types. According to researchers from Johns Hopkins University, the structure of music mentally exercises the brain and can help with memory and alertness. A variety of platforms offer music for free, including Pandora, Spotify and YouTube, and be listened to at any time of the day.
Do a favor for someone.
Whether it be helping a coworker with a project, texting or calling a friend you haven’t seen in awhile, or simply smiling at someone, doing something for someone else has a positive effect on our self-confidence. Finding some long-term volunteering opportunities can be another way to build a positive mindset.
In the hectic world where everyone is constantly connected and in communication with each other, it can be difficult to find time for ourselves. The fear of missing out can drive you to constantly stay busy, but doing too much can lead to burnout, which has a major negative impact on mental health. Taking a night, day or even an entire weekend off from being busy allows you to recharge you mental health. Spending time with friends and family is important, but taking proper care of yourself is the key to good relationships with others.