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How to Improve Your Mental Health

Stressed, sad, or just feeling blah? There are lots of ways to improve your mental health.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Exercise Get into some kind of fitness routine. Regular exercise releases endorphins, reduces stress, and improves your energy levels.
  • Step 2: Meditate Meditate for a few minutes each morning, even on weekends. It will help you start each day relaxed and collected.
  • TIP: To meditate, sit quietly with your eyes closed, focus on your breathing, and clear your mind.
  • Step 3: Keep a gratitude journal Take a few moments daily to jot down what you are grateful for that day. Research shows that this simple habit improves your outlook on life.
  • Step 4: Set a sleep schedule Get on a sleep schedule that provides seven or eight hours of shut-eye every night. Not sleeping enough or sleeping too much can both lead to lethargy.
  • Step 5: Take up a hobby Take up a hobby—studies show it can improve both your mental and physical health.
  • TIP: If stress is your problem, take up sewing, knitting, or crocheting. Research shows these are some of the most relaxing activities around.
  • Step 6: Volunteer Take on a volunteer job, even if it's just for a few hours a month. People who help others are happier than those who don't.
  • Step 7: Set goals Set goals for yourself. Keep them simple and attainable, so you'll feel like you're making progress when you reach them.
  • Step 8: Focus Stop multi-tasking! True joy comes from concentrating on one task so intently that you enter what's called a "flow state," that pleasurable feeling of being "in the zone."
  • Step 9: Confront negatives Rather than trying to ignore them, confront problems in your life head-on so they stop eating away at you.
  • FACT: So-called "comfort foods" – foods rich in complex carbohydrates like a bowl of pasta or warm oatmeal – actually boost levels of serotonin, a calming brain chemical.

You Will Need

  • A fitness routine
  • Meditation
  • A journal
  • A hobby
  • A volunteer job
  • Modest goals
  • A sunny attitude

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