Mental health probably is the least of priorities of some people, due to the fact that the symptoms caused by mental illnesses are not that apparent compared to other diseases. But the truth is, a number of people around the globe suffer from mental illness, some of them are diagnosed and some are left untreated due to stigma that is connected to illness.
Like your physical well-being, you can do something to improve the state of your mental health. If you are serious about improving your mental health, these little things can be of help:
- Make a gratitude list
Most of the time, we do a list of things that we want to achieve or bad things that happened to us. But we forget to make a list of things that we should be thankful for. By doing this, you will be reminded of the positive things that happened to you. When you are going through a rough patch, you can go back to your list so you will feel a little better.
- Highlight your strengths
Most of the time, we dwell on our shortcomings. And every time we do, we feel small and insignificant. So instead of dwelling on your shortcomings and weaknesses, it would be best to focus your attention to your strengths. When you do, you will be able to compete better and highlight what you can do better.
- Get a complete shut eye
A complete sleep can do wonders for your body, especially for your mental health. Getting eight to ten hours of sleep will help your brain and mind to be more focused and will put you into good mood. Lack of sleep and sleep deprivation can lead to a number of health problems like lack of energy, disorientation, and apparent mood swings.
- Explore and learn
Stagnancy can lead to a number of things, including deterioration of your mental health. When you don’t learn something new, your brain is not doing any exercises. When that happens, your brain will not work that way it used to be. Be sure to keep your skills updated. Enroll yourself to a course you might be interested in or pursue something that you haven’t done for a long time.
- Laugh your heart out
Laughing is definitely the best medicines, especially for mental health. When you laugh, your body relaxes and you release happy hormones that can put you into good mood.