When we talk about our mental health, we’re talking about much more than a clinical diagnosis. Your mental health also refers to your psychological well-being. Having a healthy psychological well-being means you’re able to better manage your emotions as well as your mood. Every day presents its unique challenges, and a healthy mental state can help you take challenges in stride.
1. Supportive Affirmations
There is a reason stickers and posters with empowering statements like “You got this!” are popular. Repeating an affirmation can help you create a positive mental outlook that will be a healing force in your life. Use a search engine to look up “positive affirmations” and you’ll find several ideas of words and phrases that resonate with you. You can also try searching for something more specific, such as “positive affirmations for women” or “positive affirmations to manage anxiety.” It is important that your affirmations are meaningful and authentic to you and speak to your personal mental health goals.
Read or say your affirmation daily. Repeating affirmations can help you overcome negative self-talk, which may help your mental health.
Practicing gratitude will sharpen your attention towards the positive aspects of your life. By focusing on what’s good, you’ll start to notice and appreciate other positive things in your life. Gratitude is more than just a feeling; it is a practice. By choosing to notice the good stuff or even the neutral stuff in your day, you can keep your mind from focusing too much on problems or self-criticism.
3. Eat Well
Doing what we can to have healthy eating habits is a vital part of positive mental health. Eating consistently and doing our best to have a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, lean protein and whole grains will slowly release energy into your bloodstream, creating a consistent level of energy that won’t leave you feeling tired or sluggish. Eating healthy may also provide a mental boost because it adds to your awareness of self-care.
4. Get into Nature
Spending time outdoors can be a great way to boost your mood. Sit outside or put on some comfortable shoes and take a walk around your neighborhood, or a local park. Exposure to sunlight and will help your brain release serotonin which will boost your mood, and help you feel calmer and more focused.
5. Get Some Sleep
A good night’s sleep is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle. When you’re well rested, you’re naturally energized. Regular sleep also boosts your immune system as well as your cognitive and mental health.
You have the power to improve your mood. By making some healthy additions to your daily routines, you can develop regular habits that will improve your overall mental well-being.
Are you having trouble staying positive or managing stress and anxiety? A licensed mental health professional can help you find better coping strategies, and offer additional support and guidance to help you live a more balanced life. Call my office today, and let’s schedule a time to talk.