Regardless what you do or where you are in life, your mental health or the stress that you receive can fix or ruin your current situation. Even if you’re in a healthy relationship and a have a job that you’ve always wanted, you might feel under a lot of stress, and no logical course of action seems to be able to alleviate that. Once this happens, you might need to introduce some changes to your lifestyle, priorities and daily routines, as well as adopt a healthier perspective on life. With that in mind and without further ado, here are five great ways to improve your mental health.
1. Eat healthier and exercise
The first thing you need to understand is that getting your life in check, from a physiological perspective, may have a positive impact on your mental health. For instance, it has been noticed that the intake of caffeine may increase the probability of a panic attack or anxiety, so reducing your daily coffee consumption or at least replacing it with black tea, may make all the difference. Similarly, eating healthy and regularly exercising may fix your dopamine and serotonin levels, which is a physiological way of becoming much happier.
Aside from this, some people turn towards substance abuse to elevate stress, in the long-run, this creates more problems than it solves, seeing as how the crisis caused by the withdrawal creates a much bigger problem. This is true even with tobacco, let alone alcohol or narcotics. Either way, taking the high road is always a preferable solution.
2. A hobby that reminds you why you do your day job
Not everyone has the privilege of being in love with their day job, yet, quitting or finding a dream job in an industry of their dreams might not always be a realistic idea. On the other hand, if the pay you receive is great, you can start looking at your day job as a means to an end and use it to finance a hobby. You don’t necessarily have to pick something expensive but treating yourself with high-end gear, paying for a couple of courses or even going to a hobby-specific pilgrimage. For instance, if you’re a golf enthusiast, you might decide to go to a resort, hire a professional trainer or even find a way to perfect your golf swing with a handy gadget.
3. Surround yourself with positive people
The next thing you should focus on is the company you keep. Sure, some of your closest friends are the people with the right to come forward with anything that bothers them, yet, you might have noticed people who simply do nothing else but complain 24/7. Those are not the people you want to be around day in and day out. Keep in mind that there are those who survive horrible tragedies with more spirit than these people handle minor daily mistakes or offenses. This lack of mental durability might soon start rubbing off on you, as well, which is why you need to distance yourself in time.
4. Exercise focus
Multitasking is a great thing, yet, it’s easy to lose focus and become too distracted by everything that surrounds you. Once this happens, you’ll have a hard time getting anything done. And this might elevate your stress levels by quite a bit. On the other hand, solving just one of your daily problems might be more efficient for your morale than leaving most of your tasks half-finished (even if this quantitatively amounts to doing more). Either way, by exercising focus and assigning priorities, you’ll develop a positive habit of getting things done. You will also get a reliable and measurable metric of your progress.
5. Rest properly
The main problem with exercise, work and study lies in the fact that people often underestimate the importance of rest. Despite some people claiming that they prefer staying up until late, it’s the most natural for a human organism to go to bed between 8 PM and 12 AM. Furthermore, in an ideal scenario, you would grab 8 hours of sleep every day. By organizing your sleep schedule in this manner, you’ll develop an internal clock and be able to get more rest in the same amount of time. This tip is particularly important for people who physically exercise and avoid caffeine.
Most people believe that improving mental health is something that can only be done through drastic measures. We’re talking about revolutionary decisions like abandoning your job for a new one, moving or getting out of your current relationship. In reality, just by organizing your life a bit better, you can indeed achieve a lot. After you gain the necessary mental endurance and agility, you’ll be much better off making these other life-altering choices.
About the Author
Neil White is a digital marketing student, a DIY enthusiast and a beginner at the blogging scene. His home is the whole world because he travels a lot. While you are reading this he is probably somewhere other than where he was yesterday.