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Weekly Tips for Improving Mental Health

By Genevieve Cunningham

Mental health is such an important topic. It seems as though every day we see or read about another person who has succumbed to the pressures of mental health issues. And while there is more information available than ever before, taking care of mental health is still a challenge for many people. To make it easier, set yourself some goals. If you would like to take care of your mental health for good, take a look at these habits that you can do on a weekly basis to help boost your mental health and keep yourself well for years to come.

Meet Face-to-Face With Friends

We live in an online society. We have thousands of friends on social media, thousands of followers, and we follow just as many people in return. But what about real friends? What about people that you can physically touch and meet with face-to-face? If you're not already doing this, it's absolutely crucial for your mental health. At least once a week, meet with your real friends face-to-face. Go out for coffee, have a movie night, or just get together and drive around. It's this personal connection and real friendship that helps maintain mental health long-term.

Make Some Time for Yourself

Are you getting any time to yourself? We're busier than ever before. We all have a million things to do and we rush from place to place all the time. And while it's great to be busy and active, it's also necessary to have a little bit of down time for yourself. Every week, schedule a little bit of time just for you. This might be just one hour of reading a book or watching television. It might be half a day that you can visit the park or go on a small adventure. Getting a little bit of time alone allows us to relax, unwind, and de-stress. Make this a part of your weekly routine, and you may find your mental health remains in a better state more consistently.

Have an Intimate Conversation

It seems as though we often get into conversations about nothing. We may talk about the weather, our jobs, or something we have seen on TV. But we often fail to talk about anything substantial. If you want to protect your mental health, make sure that you are getting in some intimate conversations with someone that you love and trust on a regular basis. The conversations can be about anything, but it needs to be real. And it needs to be a conversation with someone who you can really open up to and vent with. If you're not already doing this, it might take some time to find the right person. But give it a little time, and you'll find that meaningful conversations help relieve stress and boost a sense of belonging and acceptance to keep you feeling well.

Exercise, a healthy diet, stretching. These are all great ways to take care of your physical health. But what about mental health? Use these tips to protect and boost your mental health over the next year. With some practice and patience, you may be able to change your habits for the better, thus improving your health and life for years to come.

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

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