By Casey Scott
Mental health is an essential aspect of our overall health and has recently become more talked about in the media. Taking care of your mental health is an ongoing process, and it can be easy to neglect or not even realize you are struggling until things are already bad. There are so many resources to improve your mental health, and it can be overwhelming to figure out what option can benefit you the most as solutions are not one size fits all. If you’re looking to improve your mental health or are just trying to maintain and take care of yourself mentally, here are some great ideas to get you started.
Eat A Healthy Diet
“We are what we eat, and eating a healthy and balanced diet can not only affect our physical health but our mental health as well. A healthy diet will include a variety of fresh veggies and fruits as well as a good source of protein. It would also include regular water consumption of 6 to 8 glasses of water per day. Trying to limit the amount of caffeine and sugar intake will also allow for a better diet. Following a healthy diet has several benefits, and studies have found that it can also help with symptoms of anxiety and depression.”
Set Realistic Goals
“Having goals in mind will help you live to work toward something. Figure out any goals you want to accomplish academically, professionally, and personally, and write down anything you need to do along the way to get closer to your goal. If your goal is to go to school to gain the skills for the career you want, outline the specific steps you need to take to get there, such as searching for and applying for academic programs to achieve any academic goals you need to accomplish. By setting realistic goals for yourself, you’ll be able to gain a sense of accomplishment whenever you see that you’re making progress toward these goals.”
– David Ring, Senior Marketing Manager at MCT Trading
“Regular physical activity is a great way to foster your mental well-being. Exercising releases endorphins that lift your mood and boost your energy levels. It’s also a great outlet for stress. However, you must exercise only at the level you feel comfortable at. Pushing yourself and turning the thought of exercising into a source of stress itself defeats the purpose. Rather than start off lifting weights at the gym, consider going for regular fifteen to thirty-minute walks around your neighborhood or a nearby park. Scale up your regiment at a pace you feel comfortable with, and use the opportunity to better yourself in both body and mind.”
– Adrien Dissous, Global SVP of Marketing at babo Botanicals
Start Up A Healthy Hobby!
“If you’re looking for new ways to improve your mental health, a great option is to start up a healthy hobby you would love to do! You can do whatever you want at your own pace, as long as it makes you happy, calms you down, isn’t dangerous or illegal, and provides a meditating experience for you. Many great hobbies include learning how to play an instrument, hiking, reading a new book, joining a sports team, joining a community interest club, video games, movie watching, cooking, and even dog walking! Most people tend to have an exhausting day at work or have bad luck throughout the day and need some form of stress relief and relaxation, which could easily be a healthy hobby. Make sure to have a schedule too for your hobbies not to overlap your hobby time with other important events.”
-Bill Lyons, CEO of Griffin Funding
Live In The Present Moment
“Thinking about the future is a habit we acquire because we think we can control outcomes, which can lead to a lot of stress and overwhelm you. A good way to combat this is to focus on what you can control in the present moment. Whether it’s taking in a deep breath of fresh air, calling a friend, or making a plan, make an intention to ground yourself in the present. Focusing on the present moment through mindfulness brings your awareness to things that you can control= and takes the stress away from the future. Doing so can have tremendous benefits for your mental health and help you take action where necessary.”
– Riley Adams, Founder of Young and the Invested
“Getting enough social interaction can have a dramatic impact on mental health. People with quality social connections are typically happier than those without a network of support. It can be easy to seclude yourself when you feel down, however positive social interaction can lift your spirits back up. Investing in social interaction can boost feelings of self-worth and help overcome negative thoughts and hardships of life. Social interaction is also a great way to direct your thoughts and behavior positively. Try making an effort to connect socially every day and see the positive effects it can have on your overall mental health and well-being!”
– Jeffery Pitrak, Marketing and Account Manager at Transient Specialists
Spend More Time with Family!
“Many people tend to forget that their families are there to support them and cheer them up as much as possible. An easy way for anyone to improve their mental health is to spend more time with their family members and do fun activities together. The activities don’t even have to be anything expensive or grand, just spend time with your mom, dad, sisters, brothers, grandparents, anyone! Even if you can’t fully explain why your mental health has been low, they will be there to raise your spirits every day. If you feel you can’t tell your immediate family certain emotions or feelings, go to your cousins, grandparents, Aunts, or Uncles! One of your family members is bound to understand your feelings and give you the best advice and help you could ever get.”
– James Burati, Senior VP of Sales and Marketing at 1-800-Pack-Rat
Make Time To Journal
“Journaling can have a huge impact on your mental health and reaching your personal goals, ultimately improving your quality of life. Many people overlook the outcomes journaling can have, as it seems like such a basic task, but having a positive relationship with your mind can help to ease stress and anxiety, boost your mood, and enhance your well-being. Journaling only requires a few minutes a day following a structured prompt to allow proper connections with your thoughts and feelings. Writing in a structured manner can make you more aware of unhealthy patterns and take control of personal behaviors that will bring the most joy to your life. You will be shocked to see how writing things out in a journal every day can lead to long-term success and a shift from a negative mindset to a positive one!”
– Sam Rogers, Outreach Manager for Ziebart
Maintaining Oral Health
“There is a surprisingly strong link between oral and mental health. Individuals are encouraged to be aware of the cyclical nature of mental and oral health and work with their health care providers to address any issues. The stresses of daily life can take a toll on your oral health through teeth clenching or grinding, leading to dental wear and even facial pain. Dental anxiety is a common issue. Dental issues can make eating and speaking difficult, and pain can lead to anxiousness, depression, feelings of isolation, and increased withdrawal from others. However, there are ways to keep your mental and oral health on track. These can be as simple as brushing your teeth multiple times a day, flossing daily, eating a balanced diet, and visiting your dentist for regular check-ups and oral screenings. Your health is important and your dentist is a vital part of your care. Always seek advice from health care professionals if you’re concerned about your mental health.”
– Pat Cassidy, CEO and Co-founder of Net32
Plan a Mini-Vacation
“Planning a getaway or a short vacation could give you something to look forward to, especially on those days where you feel like your mental health isn’t where it should be. It could be something as small as a spa day or sitting on your couch watching mindless television. It will help you create a healthy balance to allow yourself to relax and unplug from life, especially when things get hectic. It is imperative to learn how to prioritize your mental health by simply creating boundaries as to when you’re available and when you’re not available. Allowing yourself to take time off to heal or re-energize is essential to maintaining balance in your life and your overall well-being.
– Kate Lipman, sales & marketing consultant of Embrace Scar Therapy
Taking care of your mental health should be on your list of priorities as it is an essential aspect of your overall health. Declining mental health can impact how you feel daily, respond to challenges and stress, and affect your relationships. Committing to taking care of your mental well-being can help you accomplish your goals and enjoy life. If you feel like your mental health isn’t where it should be, try some of these tips for relief. Remember, what works for someone else, doesn’t mean it has to work for you. Mental health is highly personal, and taking care of your mentality will be unique to each person.