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3 Slightly Odd Tips for Better Mental Health

By Genevieve Cunningham

Mental health. This has been a hot topic amongst adults and children alike for a few years now. And this is a good thing! People are finally facing the harsh truth that mental health concerns are real and so, so important. Because of the push for better mental health, there is good advice out there about how to seek help when you’re feeling less than your best. But what about the everyday struggle? What are some things that you can do -- all on your own -- to improve mental wellness every day? For those seeking answers to this question, take a look at these slightly odd tips.

Get in Some Face-to-Face Friend Time

Most of us have plenty of friends, but we actually spend very little time with them. Even if we talk to them every day, it’s through text messaging or social media or some other online device. The days of coffee shop meet-ups and nights on the couch with friends and a movie are slowly disappearing. But if you want better health, you really need to make time to see your friends in person. We’re social creatures, and we need the human interaction. Visiting friends in person can improve your mental health in a big way, and this improves virtually every other aspect of your life.

Improve Focus With a Pen and Paper

In today’s world, taking notes is done on a laptop. Need to jot down notes from a meeting? Open the laptop or pull out an easy device. Need notes from a lecture at school? You can type way faster than you can write. But it may surprise you to know that using an old-fashioned pen and piece of paper may improve your ability to both focus and remember what you’ve written. And an improvement in focus almost always comes with a boost on basic mental health. While you won’t be able to physically write out everything, adding this to your normal life may boost your concentration and mental health in a surprising way.

Get a Blanket, a Warm Drink, and Some Alone Time

While spending time with friends is definitely important, it’s equally as important to get in some personal time. One of the best ways to do this is through total relaxation. We live in a society that values work, work, work. And while this is good, relaxing is necessary to keep the body and mind healthy. Throw on some pajamas, grab a warm blanket, and make you something warm to drink. Turn off your phone, put on a movie, and take a night to rest yourself and recharge your batteries.

Protecting mental health is important. Luckily, there are some easy ways to get the job done. While focusing on the normal tips -- take time off, see a therapist, ask for help -- are crucial, these slightly odd tips can work as well. Use them to get yourself the pick-me-up that you need, and you’ll have the perfect recipe for good mental health for a lifetime.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Allen, Tex.

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