Mental Health is just as important as physical health, but it is often overlooked. Although we are quick to notice a physical pain, we don’t often take notice of how we are feeling every day. Mental well-being is important for everyone. It affects how we treat ourselves, treat the people around us and what we are motivated to accomplish every day. We can all make small changes to promote positive mental well-being.
I have put together ten tips, which I personally believe can positively influence the way you feel:
- Surround yourself with positive people.
I believe that the people you spend your time with influences your mood. Positive energy makes you feel good. Negative energy can get you down without you realising. It might be scary to distance yourself from certain people, but doing so could positively influence how you feel.
2. Eat a balanced diet.
Eating healthy foods can also influence your mood. This includes eating fruit, vegetables and fibre. I believe in the 80/20 rule. Eat a balanced diet, but also treat yourself and listen to what your body craves.
3. Take a walk.
This could be in the morning before work, during your lunch break or in the evening. Walking gives you a chance to clear your mind and surround yourself in nature. As humans, we spend so much of our time indoors. Going outside for a while could be a healthy habit you incorporate into your day.
Research suggests that sleep has a major influence on mood. It is recommended that we sleep for 6-8 hours a night. Sleeping well will motivate you to accomplish more the next day, and make you feel happier in general!*
*Switch off all technology at least 1 hour before you sleep (these lights can affect circadian rhythms)- read a book/meditate/listen to music instead!
Keeping things tidy can make life seem a lot less stressful. ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’ by Marie Kondo is an amazing book to read if you want to de-clutter your life and never look back. Alternatively, at the end of each day, tidy up things you left scattered about so you can get on with your day without feeling stressed the next morning.
6. Talk to someone.
If you’re not feeling quite yourself, talk to a friend. A problem shared is a problem halved. Sometimes we keep so much to ourselves, the problem seems a lot bigger than it really is. You can gain incredible advice from other people, and they may have experienced something similar to you.
Exercising releases endorphins (the happy hormone), so although finding the motivation to exercise can be challenging, the feeling after you have completed a workout is always worth it! Do something you enjoy, whether that’s running, yoga or dance. Joining clubs or societies is also a great way to meet like-minded people.
8. Write a list.
Sometimes it feels like we have so much going on, we don’t know where to start. Write down a list of everything you have to do and any worries you have. Seeing things in front of you will make things a lot clearer and you’ll be able to accomplish more. I also recommend writing a To Do list every evening so you can be productive the next morning.
9. Plan things to look forward to.
This could include scheduling in a break in the week to do something you enjoy (going to a café, meeting with friends or a phone call). Don’t make yourself so busy you don’t have time to do things you enjoy. Taking a day off can give you more space in your mind.
10. Take time off social media.
This can cause unnecessary stress through comparison. Talking to distant friends may bring you happiness, but scrolling for 3 hours won’t. Put down your phone and read a book instead 😊
There are so many more tips I could include which promote positive wellbeing. I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts…
Thank you for reading,