The secret of improving your mental health lies in your daily habits. There are little things you can do to feel an instant boost mentally even when experiencing stress.
The following strategies will help you to feel better mentally. Choose the most appealing one to you and try it anytime you are feeling overwhelmed.
This is a brief outline. For more impactful tools order my book: The Big Dilemma: Do Life or Quit Life?
1. Make a List of Your Support Network.
Your support network includes people you can trust or talk to during your times of need. It can be family members, a support group, friends, or even strangers who have similar interests as you in life.
To build your support group, be kind towards others and offer your support to them too. Write down a list of the people who have helped you in the past, or who you think can help you now in case of a mental crisis. When undergoing some problems, then contact them.
2. Be Thankful for What You Have.
When stressed or experiencing intense negative emotions, it is hard to focus on positive thoughts. Change your focus by practising gratitude. Being thankful even for the little things can help you feel better. Also, be grateful for who you have or had.
Think of two things you are grateful for in your life right now. Maybe it is an achievement, someone who is there for you, your good health, or simply the ability to breathe without a ventilator.
3. Write Down Your Thoughts.
Venting your raw, honest feelings and thoughts on paper helps you let out your frustrations. Therefore, keeping a mental health journal is a practical idea for self-care. You can write a few words or sentences. Or, you can write as much as possible. It depends on you.
Journalling helps to keep track of your behaviour and mood. It is also private as you can spill it all from your heart. You may also write on a piece of paper and afterwards destroy it so that no one else invades your privacy.
4. Exercise Your Body.
Sometimes you need to take a break from the environment you are in. To gain the maximum benefits of physical exercise on your mental health, make it a daily habit.
Still, taking some time to walk, run, or do some simple stretches to flex your muscles soothes your mind. You don’t need to engage in vigorous exercise because the aim is to relax your body and mind.
5. Make Self-talk more Positive than Negative.
Whatever you tell yourself in your mind or how you speak about yourself can have either a positive or negative impact. It is easy to be critical of yourself. Mistakes or personal weaknesses might make you feel worthless or disappointed in yourself.
Intentional positive self-talk can help to soothe you during these times. Find a key phrase that you can use during this time. Something like “I am calm. I am a winner. I am beautiful.” Resort to positive-self talk any time you catch yourself being negative about yourself.
I hope you find these 5 practical life-changing mental health tips helpful. (I will keep adding to the list, so check back often.)
Also, is there something you do to when overwhelmed psychologically that gives you instant relief? Please share in the comment section below.
Life is for living. Keep living. Don’t give up.