Mental health has become one of the top topics this past year.
Having to isolate ourselves from the rest of the world,
for a long period of time,
has left us quite unprepared for what happened to us mentally.
So, what can you do to improve your mental health?
Let’s start with the basics, shall we.
Our brains are chemically wired.
We can trick our brains into thinking it’s happy by helping to increase these chemicals.
Your happy brain chemicals and what triggers them
Serotonin- mood stabilizer
get a massage or give yourself one, and
eat more foods containing Tryptophan, like, nuts, seeds, oatmeal and beans
Oxytocin- love hormone
Give yourself a massage,
Spend time with a friend,
Do something nice for someone,
Listen to music
Endorphins- pain reliever
Get sweaty, exercise regularly, go to the sauna,
Laugh, a lot, and
Eat dark chocolate or spicy foods.
Dopamine- reward chemicals
Listen to music that speaks to your soul,
Complete a small task,
Try something new,
Eat more proteins, and
Get more sleep.
What else can you do to improve your mental health?
Write it down
Writing things down is an effective way to improve your mood and therefore your mental health.
Journaling is one way to go, you can even find a challenge online to help guide your journey or to get those negative thoughts out.
Try a top 3 to do list, to help kick in that dopamine for when those tasks are done.
A gratitude journal, to help you shift focus towards the positive instead of the negative.
Daily affirmations are another way to help you to shift and to stay focused on the positive.
Reduce the negative
Negativity can creep into your life and take over without you realising it.
Take some time to stop and evaluate your life, your surroundings, the people in your life and your thoughts.
Are they a positive influence or a negative one?
What is one small thing you can do to right now to change that negative influence into a more positive one?
Who do you need to let go of (even if it is for a little while) in order to get you back into a happier and stronger frame of mind?
What does your physical space look like and is it calming or stressful?
I am a big fan of self-care; it has changed my life.
The simple fact is, who is going to take care of you better than yourself?
Helping others first is a noble thought, but you are no good to anyone if you are burnt out.
It is not a selfish thing to make sure that you are okay and doing well.
Unplug and read more
What we read can have a profound effect on who we are and how we view the world around us.
It can help us to grow and change as individuals.
If reading is not your thing, then try audiobooks.
You can find them for free on YouTube and there are so many podcasts out there you won’t be lacking any choice.
Finally don’t be afraid to ask for help.
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