What does better mental health mean? When we hear mental health, most people think of mental illness. However, someone doesn’t need a physical ailment before they can work on improving physical health, and it’s the same with mental health. Everyone could benefit from improved mental health.
10 Ways to Better Mental Health
Stay connected to people. Don’t try to go it alone. Build relationships on trust and caring. Connect with people you can share with.
2. Take a break
Get down off the horse and smell the roses. Go to lunch with friends, spend the weekend with family, and take a vacation.
3. Share with others
Join a group of people with common interests. It doesn’t matter if it’s flower gardening, hiking, or French cooking.
4. Take on a challenge
Work at being a better you, whether physical or mental, it will improve your mental outlook. Read more, take a class, learn a new skill, and challenge yourself.
5. Get some sleep
Everybody knows how important sleep is to mental health, but too many do too little about it. Sound familiar? Mayo Clinic: 7 Tips to Better Sleep.
6. Avoid stress
Know your triggers, be aware of the situations that trigger stress, and avoid or prepare for them. If you know that your Aunt Lilly is going to ask you in front of your entire family when are you going to grow up and settle down, either avoid Aunt Lilly or strike before she does. Have some fun with it. “Why Aunt Lilly, I thought you knew that after 30, you don’t have to grow up!”
7. Get outdoors
If I couldn’t get outdoors to enjoy nature and unwind, I’m not certain my mental health would survive in tack. Here’s Proof Going outside makes you Healthier
Wait, I thought we were talking about mental health, not physical? We are. APA (America Psychological Association) The Exercise Effect
9. Help someone
There are few things anyone can do to improve their outlook, spirit, and mental health more than helping others. The Benefits of Helping Others
10. Quit worrying!
Yes, it is possible to quit worrying. It’s not easy, but it can be done. If you want to improve your mental health and make life more enjoyable, reduce the time you waste in worry.
How Do You Stop Worrying?
First, replace the word worry with concern. Get it out of your inner voice, don’t speak the word or write it. Replace worry with concern. Worry is a condition; concern is proactive. You can be proactive about a concern.
Any concern can be placed in one of two categories
- You can do something, so quit being concerned and go do something about it.
- You can’t do anything, so stop wasting time on something you can do nothing about; life is too short to waste it on worry.
A Challenge for You
Even the healthiest people can improve. That’s how people go from good to great. Here’s the challenge. Pick one of the 10 ways to improve mental health and work on it for 30 days. Let me know how it comes out.
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