How to Boost Your Mental Health in Tiny Ways
By Genevieve Cunningham
When many of us think about mental health, we think about big powerful moments. We think about a breakdown or years with medicine or therapy sessions. The truth is that sometimes these things happen or are necessary for good health. But other times, good mental health is about the tiny moments that we experience on a daily basis. If you would like to put your mental wellness first in your life, take a look at these tiny ways to boost your own self-perception and feel better than ever before.
Dress Your Best
People really underestimate the power of feeling good in your own skin. You’re never going to look perfect. It’s time to accept that. But maybe you can improve your own self-perception by wearing clothes that make you feel confident. Hate that particular pair of jeans? Don’t wear them! Save your money and buy a few staple items that make you feel your absolute best. Taking care of yourself on the outside, though not a foolproof way to protect mental health, definitely helps foster your self image and builds confidence.
Explore an Interest
Everyone has interests. We just learn to ignore them over time. We get so caught up in work or school or other obligations that we give up on exploring our own personal interests. But diving into something that is interesting to you is a great way to protect and enhance your mental health. It gives us purpose and engages the mind. Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn a new language, play an instrument, or learn to salsa dance. Maybe you want to learn how to shoot a bow and arrow. It doesn’t matter what interests you … find a way to learn about it and go after it! This one small step will likely make a huge difference in your personal well-being and overall perspective on life.
Make Some Friends
Sure, you probably have thousands of online friends. But how many friends can you call up and cry with after a bad day? How many will drop everything to have coffee with you? How many will you do those things for in return? It’s our real live friends who keep us going and make us feel complete. If you don’t have many in-person friends, it’s time to make this a part of your life. Ask some friends to get together, face to face. Make some new friends as you explore a new interest. The more real friends you have, the easier it is to keep your mental health in check, and the more people you have to help you through the hard times.
It’s important to protect your mental health. It’s important to speak to a professional when you need it. But it’s also important to focus on those tiny moments that add up over time. Use these little tips to keep yourself mentally well, and you may be able to keep yourself feeling healthy and happy for years to come.
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