Learning to improve your mental health is the key to a happy life.
Mental health is everything. It’s hard to enjoy your life if you are living in a cloud of depression or frozen with anxiety. Taking care of your health mentally shouldn’t be put on the back burner. Life gets busy and we often don’t take the time to evaluate how we are doing emotionally and mentally.
Instead of letting things pile up in our minds, simply creating some healthy mental habits can keep things in check. Don’t wait till you’re in a fog of depression to make some changes.
Staying on top of your mental health is just as important as your physical health if not more.
Do you know how to handle stress when it comes your way?
Are you honest and open with your friends about how you really feel?
The easiest way to improve your mental health is to create habits that improve your mental health.
Here are 5 ways you can improve your mental health.
1. Kick junk food to the curb. Your gut actually contains many neurotransmitters including serotonin. What you eat can greatly affect your mental health. For many, high histamine foods can increase anxiety issues and even cause panic attacks. Even being anemic, or low on iron can cause depression. The only fuel your brain has is the food your eating. Fresh fruits and vegetables mean healthy minds and bodies. Gut dysbiosis is continually being linked to mental health issues in study after study. Take time to clean up what your eating. Drink fresh filtered water and add lots of vegetables to your meals. Your mind will thank you.
“Multiple studies have found a correlation between a diet high in refined sugars and impaired brain function — and even a worsening of symptoms of mood disorders, such as depression”. – Harvard Health
2. Get outside in the sun. Sunlight increases production of serotonin and is necessary for making melatonin. People who get regular sunlight on their skin have reduced rates of depression, mood disorders, and insomnia. Blue light emitted by cell phones can disrupt the circadian rhythm and cause an unbalance of neurotransmitters. Sunlight is the only way to balance your circadian rhythm. Research has shown having a vitamin D level below 20 (ng/mL) can raise your risk for depression by as much as 85 percent, compared to having a vitamin D level greater than 30 ng/mL. Sunlight stimulates the production of vitamin D.
“Ultraviolet (UV) light also stimulates epidermal cells known as keratinocytes to make beta-endorphins, which have a mood-boosting effect”. -Dr. Mercola
3. Get a fresh perspective. When we keep our problems to ourselves we can get tunnel vision and are blinded from simple solutions. Sometimes by confiding in a friend, we can gain someone else’s perspective and see things through a clearer view. Sometimes our problems may not be problems at all but opportunities for a change in our life. Utilize other peoples gifts and talents, someone might have been through your exact problem and can help you walk through the pain, but you would never know if you don’t voice what you’re going through. Isolation is never the solution, it only creates more problems.
4. Learn how to love who you are. Do you love who you see in the mirror? Have you forgiven yourself? Often we can beat ourselves up and punish ourselves, thinking that will lead to change. Real change comes from loving who you are and embracing your gifts and talents. The emotions we feel about ourselves carry real chemicals with them. Shame and embarrassment raise cortisol levels and inflammation in the body. Being comfortable in your own skin and being proud of who you are is a great step in a healthy mind. When you love who you are, you try new things. You could find something you love doing that you would have never tried because of embarrassment or fear of failure. If your struggling in this area, Love Yourself Healthy is a great place to start loving who you are.
5. Setting healthy boundaries. Do you let people run you over? Are the same negative people in your life year after year? You can set healthy boundaries with people and still love them. You can take a step back from peoples lives that are tearing you down. It’s healthy to not let everyone into your personal life. It’s ok to not listen to everyone’s advice. Distance from negative people is a great way to improve your mental health. It can be done in a loving way, you deserve people in your life that support your dreams, not weigh you down.
Be around people that make you come alive inside. Find people that make you feel motivated. You get what you tolerate. It’s ok to say no to someone. You get to prioritize your time and your needs. It’s easy to say yes to everyone else and have no time for the things you need in your life. Time is precious…spend it wisely.
“Saying Yes to happiness means saying No to things and people that stress you out.” – Thema Davis
You have to take time to invest in yourself because no one else will. It only hurts your family when you don’t take care of your mental and physical health.
When was the last time you took some time to evaluate and invest in yourself?