Simple Day to Day ways to IMPROVE your Mental Health
- Start a Gratitude Habit: by writing or stating 4+ things your grateful for daily or whenever stress begins to consume your thoughts, this can have a considerable impact on your mood and energy.
- Experiment with new recipes ( Louisiana Creole Succotash), this will dig into your creativity and mental well-being as it stimulates the brain and allows it to focus on a positive task.
- Communication and quality relationships with family and friends are very important for your mental health. Having someone to be open and honest with can be very helpful, having them understand you and not judge you can be a great reminder that you are not alone. Also, a funny friend or coworker that helps you laugh a day, can reduce some anxiety.
- Purchase a new top, or try a new nail color to spruce your inner(G). Men, a new shirt, watch, or detailing your car may a create a positive “clean house” energy.
- Dance and listen to music around at home while you clean, cook, and organize. Not only will you get things done, but dancing reduces stress hormone (cortisol), and increases the body’s “feel-good” chemicals (endorphins). The dishes and laundry are a lot more uplifting when Diana Ross’ “I’m coming out” or Frankie Beverly and Maze’s “Before I Let Go” is playing in the background!
- Be active! Take walks around your community, around your work office, at parks. Nature, Sunlight and physical activity increases: energy levels, reduce depression and boost well-being.
- Yoga can also be very a calming, peaceful way to be active. Stretching and Intentional deep breathing works to relax both the body and the mind. Taking slow, deep breaths improves mental health by increases oxygen in our bloodstream and thus to our brain. Yoga reduces feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression. Yoga classes are held at most local gyms, at home yoga sessions can be instructed by a YouTube video (for stretch technique).
- Practice Forgiveness. This is for you, not the person you’re forgiving. When you forgive others, you’ll have better mental health and will ultimately be more satisfied with life in general.
- Try something outside of your comfort zone. As our Grown Folks Family knows, we encourage us to make room for adventure and excitement in our lives. You’ll be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do, than by the ones you did!
This self-love, self-care options are not complete solutions to any mental illness, they may be able to assist in reducing anxiety and stress. which can greatly stem from lack of self-love and self-care.
Posted 5/18/2019 – Ashley Q