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How to Boost Your Mental Health With Zero Effort

By Genevieve Cunningham

When it comes to our physical health, many of us really put a lot of thought and effort into it. We exercise, think about our meal choices, and go the extra mile to sculpt our bodies … or at least to stay at a decent weight. But when it comes to mental health, we tend to skim back the effort. Maybe it’s that after everything else -- work, family, personal wellness, community -- we just have nothing left to give. If this sounds like you, take a look at these effortless ways to take care of your mental health for a lifetime of wellness.

Get Some Quiet Time

A little quiet time can go a long way in boosting mental health. Silence has been known to reduce stress levels, calm the mind, lower the heart rate, and improve overall moods. And it’s incredibly easy. The only effort required is to find a place that’s quiet. Once you find it, spend a little time alone in the solitude, breathe deep, and allow the silence to heal your worries.

Go to Bed On Time

Mental health problems are exacerbated by a lack of sleep. When we don’t get enough sleep, we begin to suffer from exhaustion. This puts us in a position to experience more illness, higher levels of stress, and poor moods. So how can we get enough? Just go to bed on time! Set up a bedtime, get in the bed at that time, and close your eyes. Over time, you’ll get used to the bedtime and develop new sleeping habits that promote mental wellness for everyone.

Spend Time With Your Best Friend

If it’s truly your best friend -- whether it’s your high school friend, your mom, your sibling, or someone else -- this won’t require any effort. Just spend some time with them. Go out to eat, meet for coffee, watch a movie, or just sit and talk. Spending time with someone who listens, shares experiences with you, and who truly cares about you is a great way to lift your spirits and protect your mental health on a long-term basis.

Protecting your mental health is important, and sometimes that means seeing a therapist or finding a proper treatment plan. But sometimes it‘s the little things that we do on a daily basis that make or break mental wellness. Use these three effortless tips to keep yourself mentally fit and ready to tackle all that life throws your direction.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Raleigh, N.C.

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