6 Ways To Quickly Give Your Mental Health a Boost
Posted May 13, 2022 by Guest Poster -
Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness Month?
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being.
It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices.
Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Our mental health affects every aspect of our lives.
People who pay close attention to their mental health, and work on its improvement, tend to live happier and healthier lives.
Consequently, the opposite is also true –neglecting to nurture your mental health can have negative impacts like increased stress, suppressed mood, decrease in self-esteem, and more.
Here are a few simple ways that you can quickly boost your mental health:
- Track gratitude and achievement in a journal: Get out a pen and paper and write down 3 things you are grateful for and 3 things you were able to accomplish every day. Seeing your accomplishments on paper can help remind you of how great you are doing.
- Take time to laugh: Laughter helps reduce anxiety and is linked to elevated moods. Perhaps try some laughing yoga, watch a comedy, or play a game for some elevated laughs.
- Get off the grid and take time for yourself: Disconnect from social media, emails, alerts, and interruptions. We encourage you to take at least 24 hours off per month from ALL things social media.
- Dance while you do your housework: Turn those mundane chores into an opportunity to celebrate and let loose. Bump the tunes and get down with yourself.
- Spend some time with a furry friend: If you aren’t allergic, of course. If you don’t have a pet, spend some time with a friend who does. Animals are amazing stress relief. It’s also time for all of nature’s babies to be born! Get out those binoculars and watch the miracle of mother nature in action.
- Go on a nature walk: Studies show that being surrounded by nature can help reduce depression and increase wellness. Unplug and take in the fresh air. Maybe rent a book about local flowers or birds. Opting outside is a great way to ground yourself when things get tough.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
Charlie Health: (866) 491 5196
Charlie Health’s mission is dedicated to solving the mental health crisis in teens and young adults. We offer fully virtual intensive outpatient therapy for those who need more than one time per week therapy. Our curated groups, individual therapy, family therapy, and psychiatric services are designed to treat the entire client and promote lasting healing. Charlie Health’s innovative virtual model is the first of its kind, providing accessible, high-quality care as a licensed mental health and substance use hospital. We can reach teens and young adults across the entire state, and will never have a waitlist.
Charlie Health and our team of dedicated, licensed professionals are here to listen and here to help. Reaching out for help is tough, but a critical step towards healing. Call us any time and our team can help build you a custom treatment program, or help link you to the appropriate resources.
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