12 Things To Do Today That Will Improve Your Mental Health

Improving your mental health is the best way to improve your well-being and the way you feel about yourself, others and life in general. Taking care of your mental health helps you manage your feelings, deal with everyday difficulties and build your resilience and overall enjoyment of life. Below is a list of things you can today that will improve your mental health.

#1- Tell yourself something positive every day.

A simple positive thought can make your day. Repeat positive affirmations twice a day, once right when you wake up in the morning and another time just before heading to sleep. Even you don’t believe it, repeating it will make you believe it. Try out this affirmation coined by the French psychologist Emile Coué “Every day, in every way, I'm getting better and better".

#2- Challenge yourself to only speak, think, write positive thoughts.

Whatever you’re going to say, think, write, make sure it’s positive. It might feel good to whine and complain, but it doesn’t accomplish much. If anything it fills your life with negativity and steals from you the power to change and improve your life. So be mindful of what thoughts you’re giving because whatever you give, multiplies and comes back to you.

#3- Remove something from your life that doesn't serve you, so you can make a room for something better.

bad habits come in flocks, this is way eliminating one bad habit is the only way to make sure you don’t build more bad habits and you make room for the good ones that will improve your mental health and life.

#4- Say “Thank you” multiple times throughout the day.

Whether you say it to others, or to God, or simply to yourself. Gratitude improves the quality of your life and attracts more positivity.

#5- Exercise and eat healthy.

Maintaining your physical health and fitness can positively change your mood and help you raise your self-esteem. However, you don’t have to go through an extreme diet or spend hours in a gym to achieve that. A 30-minute walk every day can help you get fit, and nutrients such as Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (found in fish, nuts, and flaxseed.) are proven to boost your mood and reduce your stress level.

#6- Open up to someone.

A problem shared is a problem halved. Talking about whatever bothers you or simply sharing your thoughts can help boost your mood and cope with whatever is happening in your life at the moment. If you don’t feel like you have someone you can trust with your problems, 7cups of tea, it’s a platform that provides trained listeners who are willing to lend a friendly ear.

#7- Do something for someone.

Research has shown that helping others affects the way you feel about yourself. It helps boost your mood and build your self-confidence. It gives life more meaning and enriches it.

#8- Take care of yourself.

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Reading your favorite book, having a bubble bath and sipping on your favorite tea or coffee can go a long way. Whenever you feel stressed out, take a break and do something for yourself. This will refill your emotional tank and help you cope with life challenges.

#9- Make a commitment to grow daily.

There’s always something to learn, and the more you learn, the better your life becomes. Moreover, learning new skills will boost your confidence and help you build a sense of purpose. So, start reading books that will help you build the skills you need. Listen to audiobooks while driving or doing house chores and attend workshops and seminars in the fields that interest you. 

#10- Connect with other people.

Maintain quality relationships, is important for your mental well-being. It provides the emotional support you need to cope with life’s challenges and help build your sense of worth. Spending quality time with family members and friends is a great way to get the emotional support you need.

#11- Pay attention to the present moment.

A huge part of our misery comes from living either in the past or in the future. People, constantly, create problems by regretting whatever happened in the past and/or worrying about whatever might happen in the future.
The truth is, you can’t change the past, nor can you through worrying change the future. Live in the Now and make the most of it and that will be more than enough.

#12- Prioritize your sleep.

Studies show that poor sleep quality is linked to problems such as depression and anxiety. A night of poor sleep can also affect your immune system and metabolism. This is why it’s important to get a good quality sleep every night to help you face the next day’s challenges. 

Limit caffeine and nicotine and avoid alcohol intake before bed, as they interfere with your sleep cycle. Exercise regularly to increase the time you spend in the deep, restorative stages of sleep. However, avoid exercising close to bedtime. Also, try to avoid bright screens within one to two hours of your bedtime.

Helpful resources: National Sleep Foundation

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