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This Year's Mental Health Checklist

By Brandi Goodman

Mental health needs to become a much more prominent goal this year. Far too many people are suffering from poor mental health without the know-how to get their thoughts and feelings under control. This year's mental health checklist should be at the forefront of your mind so you're always aware of how best to help yourself when you're feeling down or overwhelmed.

Exercise

Exercise may be the last thing you want to do when you're not feeling the greatest, but it can help in many cases. Exercise releases feel-good hormones that can boost your mood. Do something simple, like getting up and dancing in your living room. You want to do exercises you enjoy and feel like fun rather than a workout. 

Take a Shower

The warm water can help to ease tension in your body and relax your mind. If you're just having a blah day in general, jumping in the shower can help. You can wash away the negative energy and come out feeling a bit more like yourself.

Put on Happy Tunes

You can try this one both while you exercise and while showering -- or on its own. Some happy tunes can help get you into a better mood. Listening to sad songs and angry music will only have you feeling those feelings. Happier beats can give you the mindset you need to make it through your day.

Try an Essential Oil Diffuser

Certain scents can help to lift our spirits and put us in a better mood. Lemon, for example, is meant for uplifting your spirit and boosting your energy. If you need to relax and feel calm instead, then lavender may be better suited to your needs. Put a few drops into your diffuser and spend a few moments just breathing in the smell and letting it free your mind.

Connect With Someone

Loneliness is a major problem for mental health. If nothing is working to help boost your spirits, try connecting with someone. Seeing someone in person is the best option. If you can't, don't worry. A phone call, text session, or even chatting online can also be helpful. The point is to just talk to someone about how you're feeling and spend time connecting with another soul.

Check off these tasks each day you feel your mental health waiver. If you're still feeling low and nothing is helping, it's time to speak to a professional. Some people simply need more help than a few tasks on a checklist can accomplish. Never be afraid to reach out. Talking with a counselor can help you get the guidance you need toward improving your mental health and making sure you're safe.

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

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