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4 Ways You Can Give Your Mental Health a Boost Each Day

Sunday, January 3, 2021

 
We may be at the start of a new year, but the effects of 2020 are still lingering for many people. The COVID-19 pandemic is still here. So many people have lost jobs, lost a sense of normalcy, and some are even grieving the loss of loved ones.

However, it’s important to recognize how the mental health of everyone has been affected by this pandemic, too. Undoubtedly, people will be dealing with the mental health effects for years to come.

If you’re struggling with feelings of depression or anxiety, you’re certainly not alone. But, there are things you can do each day to give your mental health a boost and feel better about where things are.

Let’s look at a few of those daily ‘tips’ you can put into practice right away.

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1. Say Something Positive

One of the biggest contributors to negative mental health is negative self-talk. If you hear those anxious or hopeless thoughts creeping in, try to combat them. Say something positive to yourself, about yourself, or your current situation. You might be surprised by how the simplest words of positivity can make a big difference.

2. Get Some Exercise

Exercise is not only a great way to reduce stress, but studies have shown that it can actually boost your mood and give you more energy. The next time you’re feeling down, take a walk around your neighborhood. You don’t need to spend hours in the gym to reap the rewards of being active.

3. Talk to Someone

If you’re not sure what to do and you can tell you’re struggling with your mental health, talk to someone about it. Open up to friends or family. Or, seek out the help of a therapist or counselor. Talking to someone openly about how you’re feeling can help you from finding other coping mechanisms that may be harmful.

With that being said, if you’ve already turned to things like drugs or alcohol to boost your mood, consider looking for American Addiction Centers locations near you. Again, you’re not alone, and you don’t have to use substances just to get by.

4. Be More Mindful

Mindfulness is more than just a buzz word going around these days. It’s the practice of being present in the moment. Practicing mindfulness means focusing on your breath, and how you feel at one given moment. Thoughts will continue to come in, but don’t hang onto them. Instead, let them pass by like clouds. When you’re being more mindful, you’ll put less focus on regrets of the past or worries of the future. Instead, your focus will be on the present, which can reduce a lot of stress.

There are so many additional ways to give your mental health a boost each day. The good news? None of these tips have to take a lot of time or effort, but they can make a huge difference in how you feel. It may be a long time before we understand the full impact on mental health from this pandemic. But, you know your own mind and body. If you feel like you’re struggling, don’t be afraid to keep these strategies in mind and take charge of your mental health as soon as possible.



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