Do you spend as much time looking after your mind as you do your body? I bet you don’t. So many people are totally focused on losing weight, building muscle and keeping their physical health in check that they don’t even think about their mental health until they experience it for themselves. I think it’s time that changed!
Mental health is just as important as physical health, and what a lot of people don’t realize is that one can affect the other. Anyway, taking care of your mental health can actually be a lot of fun. Don’t believe me? Check out these fun ideas to boost mental health:
Smile at Everyone You See
The power of a smile can be quite astounding. The simple act of using our facial muscles in a particular way can immediately make us feel happier, and it will have the same effect on the people it’s directed at. So, if you want to feel a bit happier on a daily basis, make a point of smiling at everyone you see and start spreading some happiness right now.
Color a Book
You might think that coloring books are strictly for little kids, but you couldn’t be more wrong. There are lots of beautiful, intricate coloring books that have been designed to help adults deal with stress, depression, and anxiety.
Although coloring, on the face of it, is a simple task, it takes a lot of focus, especially when you’re working on an intricate design, which means that it is great at taking your mind off your worries for a while, and the less you ruminate, the happier you’ll feel.
Try a Massage
If there’s a person out there who doesn’t love getting a massage, I haven’t met them. Massages, when expertly carried out, not only feel wonderful, but they have been scientifically proven to lower stress and anxiety levels and help people who are suffering from insomnia to sleep more soundly, too. So, if you’ve been looking for an excuse to book an indulgent hot stone massage, you just found it!
Get Your Yoga On
Have you ever wondered why so many people are so obsessed with yoga to the point it almost takes over their lives, and they’re hardly ever seen in anything other than Lululemon leggings? Not me because I know that yoga is one of the best activities to help people maintain mental equilibrium as well as physical health. Whether you’re stressed out, depressed, suffering from insomnia or dealing with anxiety, yoga can help you, and all you need is a mat and a good instructor to get you started. Trust me; it will change your life.
Improve with Aromatherapy
If you love the smell of freshly cut grass, wild blooming flowers, and expensive perfumes, then you’ll probably have a lot of fun experimenting with aromatherapy too. I know it sounds a bit hippie-dippy new age woo-woo, but there are some studies which seem to support the fact that scents can alter our mood, both for the better and the worse. So, why not look into the best essential oils to boost your mood, relieve stress or help you sleep? You’ll have very little to lose, and it could take your mental well-being to the next level.
Create Something Cool
Numerous studies have shown the benefits that taking up a craft such as knitting can have on mental health. Like coloring, crafting forces you to focus on what you’re doing, which takes your mind of negative thoughts and gives you the breathing space you need from everyday life. It also enables you to get your creative juices flowing which is also good for boosting mental health.
Mellow Out with Meditation
Close your eyes and say OM. Okay, so it’s not exactly that simple, but meditation is actually very easy to learn (there are numerous books, apps, and videos to help you with that) and it will help you to stay mentally well by reducing symptoms of stress, depression, and anxiety when practiced regularly, especially if you practice mindfulness meditation.
Increase Your Joy with a Gratitude Journal
Taking five minutes out of your evening to jot down five good things that happened during the day or five things that you’re truly grateful for in your life, in your own gratitude journal, will help to move you away from negative thought patterns. Eventually, you will see more good things in your life, and you’ll have more joy.
Do you do any of the above? Have they helped you to boost your mental well-being?