While a chat with your doctor is always important while navigating mental health challenges, there are a number of things you can do to boost your everyday mental mindset. Here are 10 ways you can boost your mental mindset:
· Engage in social connections. While many of us spend time texting or chatting with friends online, in-person connections are where it’s at. Dedicate a time on a cadence that works best for you to spend time connecting with friends or family on a face-to-face level.
· Get active. Even a 5 minute walk outside is enough to boost energy and relieve stress. Not into walking? Stretching is another great option!
· Don’t hold everything in. Whether you have a special person to talk with or you prefer a professional, talking about what’s holding you back is a helpful way to gain new perspectives on issues (and works powerfully to calm your nervous system).
· Meditation isn’t the only way to relax. Meditation isn’t for everyone. If it is, dedicate time each day to practice deep breathing and mindfulness. Not into meditation? Incorporate other actions that allow you to turn your mind off and focus on breathing – gardening or coloring are two great activities.
· Tune into your senses. Love the sound of ocean waves? Prefer hearing the early morning birds getting ready for the day? Whatever sounds you love, look for ways to incorporate them into your daily routine. Playing nature sounds on your smartphone or sitting outside for a few minutes are just two ways to get a little more grounded.
· Get plenty of sleep. There’s no way around it – getting enough sleep (8-10 hours depending on your body) is necessary to repair and rejuvenate.
· Look for things that spark joy! Whether it’s volunteering at the local YMCA or paying for coffee for the person behind you in line at the coffeeshop, do things that make bring you a sense of joy.
· Eat a healthy and nutritious diet. Mood-boosting nutrients are important – look for foods rich in omega fatty acids and antioxidants.
· Being too busy isn’t the goal. Sure, it’s good to fill your calendar with activities that you need to get done. But being busy for the sake of being busy isn’t helpful. Instead, take time for yourself. Whether it’s a weekly tennis class or a monthly massage, find time to unwind.
Get professional support when you need it. Taking the step toward professional support is one of the best things you can do for your mental, physical and emotional health.