10 Tips To Boost Your Mental Health

Sometimes life can feel overwhelming and out of control. The nonstop onslaught of dismal news stories doesn’t make it easy to maintain a positive outlook on life. Here are 10 tips for improving your daily mental health: 

  • Track Gratitude And Achievement With A Journal

Include 3 things you are grateful for and 3 things you are able to accomplish every day.

  • Start Your Day With A Cup Of Coffee

Coff­ee consumption is linked to lower rates of depression. If you can’t drink coff­ee because of the caff­eine, try another good-for-you drink like green tea.

  • Plan A Getaway

It could be camping with friends or a trip to the tropics. The act of planning a vacation and having something to look forward to can boost your overall happiness for up to 8 weeks!

  • Send A Thank-You Note

Not for a material item, but to let someone know why you appreciate them. Written expressions of gratitude are linked to increased happiness.

  • Work Your Strengths First

Do something you're good at to build self-confidence, then tackle a tougher task.

  • Experiment

Try a new recipe, write a poem, paint or try a Pinterest project. Creative expression and overall well-being are linked.

  • Share Your Story

Maya Angelou said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.” If you have personal experience with mental illness or recovery, share on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr with #mentalillnessfeelslike.

  • Spend Time With A Furry Friend

Time with animals lowers the stress hormone cortisol and boosts oxytocin, which stimulates feelings of happiness. If you don’t have a pet, hang out with a friend who does or volunteer at a shelter.

  • Practice Forgiveness

Even if it's just forgiving that person who cut you off during your commute. People who forgive have better mental health and report being more satisfied with their lives.

  • Do Your Best To Enjoy 15 Minutes of Sunshine

Sunlight synthesizes Vitamin D, which experts believe is a mood elevator.

For more tips, head over to Mental Health America’s website. 

Link: mhanational.org

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