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3 Surprising Ways to Improve Mental Health

By Genevieve Cunningham

We don't get enough information about mental health. We get more than we ever have before, but it's still not enough. We might hear advice like: See a therapist! Or we might even be told: Take a mental health day! But too often, we're not given information about how to manage mental health on a daily basis. And keeping our mental health in a good state requires daily maintenance. If you would like to make your mental health a priority, take a look at these three surprising ways to give yourself an edge on the daily.

Be Selfish

Sometimes selfish is good. Sure, we're often taught to be selfless, and sometimes we need to be. We need to give of our time, energy, and money. But there are plenty of times when we actually need to take back our time and do something for ourselves. Spend time on your own hobby. Spend that extra money on a movie for yourself. Be good to yourself. Making time for self-care is a great way to protect your mental and emotional well-being long-term. 

Get a Dog

Dogs are such great friends. They're loyal. They have energy. They keep you moving. And best of all, they offer companionship, which is absolutely crucial for good mental health. Head to the local animal shelter and adopt a dog (or cat!) that needs some love. You'll be improving two lives (yours and the animal's), and you'll be taking positive steps toward better mental health as well. 

Walk Every Day

Walking is great for your physical well-being, but you already know that. What you may not know is that walking is also good for your mental well-being. Walking, especially if you take it outdoors, helps to lower stress, brings about a feeling of calm, and helps to clear the mind. Try adding a stroll after your evening meal. This helps burn calories before bedtime, and still brings those mental health boosting benefits. 

Sure, you may still need medication or the help of a therapist or even a few days off. And if you do, go for it! But these little changes to your lifestyle can really make a big difference. Give them a try (if you can), and set yourself up for better mental health moving forward.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lake Worth, Fla.

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