These days, it is more important than ever to have a clear mind and to prioritize our mental health. Doing so can sometimes seem easier said than done but there are many ways that you can work on improving your well-being that you may not have thought of before. Here are some unique ways that you can improve your mental health starting today.
1. Volunteer Within Your Neighborhood
If you really want to feel better and know that you are making a difference then consider volunteering at a food kitchen or a Salvation Army location. By doing your part to help others, you can help your own soul and you’ll be happier going forward. Even a couple of hours a day will make a big difference.
2. Consider Adopting a Pet
Sometimes we may feel down because we don’t have the companionship that we crave, so getting a pet is a good idea. Unlike friends who can come and go, a pet is a very caring companion who will be with you at all times. Plus, when you can get outside to play catch, you are also getting some physical exercise.
3. Enter Your Thoughts Into a Journal
A great way to let off some steam and release the stress of the day is to get a journal and write about your day every night before you go to bed. Writing in your journal is the same as talking to a friend but you don’t need to be afraid to share your thoughts.
4. Take Some Time to Laugh
If you are feeling down, then you may need to watch something funny or talk to your best friend and have a good laugh. When we laugh, our anxiety seems to melt away and we can take our minds off of our problems. You can get a quick ha-ha by going on YouTube and looking under the comedy section.
5. Declutter Your Home
Did you know that decluttering can also have a positive impact on your mental health? Excessive clutter can lead to feelings of anxiety and negativity. On the other hand, decluttering can help to boost your mood and increase your sense of well-being. So next time you’re feeling down, try decluttering your home for a quick pick-me-up. You might be surprised at how much better you feel.
6. Enjoy a Warm Bath
Some days are harder than others, but you can let your stress go by taking a warm bath every night. Baths are great for mental health because it allows us to be with our thoughts and can even fight off depression. The perfect bath water will be just over 100 degrees.
7. Smile Whenever You Can
If you are ever extra stressed and you don’t have time to try the other tips, then you can sometimes instantly raise your mood by smiling. A smile can help us to feel better because your brain releases molecules called neuropeptides that can help you to fight stress. Your happiness also makes your brain release endorphins that can act as an antidepressant.
8. Make Sure You Get Enough Sleep
If you want to feel good every day then you need to get enough sleep at night. By going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, even on weekends, you will improve your circadian rhythm and get better rest. That way, when you wake up, you will be refreshed and happy to start a new day.
9. Work From Home (If Possible)
This option won’t apply to everyone, as many companies have asked their employees to return to in-office work. However, if possible, consider working from home whenever you can, as this can help you develop a healthy routine. If you plan it correctly, you can be very much at ease in a remote role because you can better manage your time, increase your productivity, and even improve your physical health because you will have time to work out in the morning.
As you can see, whether you’re adopting a pet, decluttering, or smiling more often, there are many unique ways that you can improve your mental health and live a happier life. If you’re feeling anxious, stressed, or depressed, find solutions by connecting with Just Live Counselling. Call (778) 775-3027 to request an appointment or book online.