Small Ways to Boost Your Mental Wellness
By Genevieve Cunningham
Mental health is so very important. When we ignore mental health, bad things can happen very quickly. And in today's world, there's absolutely zero excuse for ignoring the state of our mental health. Help is everywhere that we turn, and people are taking this health crisis more seriously than ever before. But for those who are not suffering from a serious mental health issue, figuring out how to protect yourself can be difficult. If you would like to keep your mental health in check, take a look at these small ways to promote mental wellness day in and day out.
Stop Texting and Make Phone Calls
Texting is a good and effective habit. Sometimes, it’s the best way to communicate. But if it’s the only way you communicate, you may need to alter your habits. Instead of texting your mom or your sibling or your best friend, call them and talk to them. Hear their voice. See them in person if possible. Keeping these kinds of connections do far more for mental health than most people realize. So give the fingers a rest and put your phone to your ear.
Practice Living in the Right Now
Most of the worry that we experience is because we are not living in the present moment. We’re worried about the future or something that happened in the past. Stop. Take a deep breath and enjoy the very moment that you’re in, no matter what’s happening. You won’t get the moment back. Living in the moment significantly reduces stress, but it’s also very hard to learn to do. Practice, practice, practice, and you may find that living in the moment is the best thing you ever learned to do.
Get Outside for Exercise
We already know that we should exercise. But if you want a double whammy, take the workout outdoors. The great outdoors can do wonders for mental health. It boosts our moods and lowers stress. It calms the mind and teaches us about being present. Get outside for just a few minutes every day, and you will definitely see a boost in the state of your mental well-being.
Sometimes you should see a professional. Sometimes you should ask for help. But other times, you just need a little change in habits. Use these habits to protect your mental health and to keep your mind moving in a positive direction from here on out.
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