We all have those days when we feel down and unhappy. For many it could be because of the lockdown due to the virus or stress from work/school. However, whatever the cause, our mood is one thing we can definitely work on as long as we put forth the effort and attention. Here are a few tips on how you can boost your mental health!
1. Track Gratitude & Achievement in a Journal
Try to jot down 3 things you are grateful for and 3 things you were able to accomplish each day.
2. Start Your Day With Coffee
Studies have shown that coffee may help perk you up. If you can't drink coffee because of the caffeine you can try another drink that's also good for you such as green tea.
3. Plan a Getaway Trip
It doesn't have to be anything extensive and can be as simple as going for a camping trip over the weekend. Having something to plan and look forward to can boost your overall happiness for up to 8 weeks! So what are you waiting for? Get planning!
4. Work on Your Strengths
When you do something that you're good at it can help build up your self-confidence.
Try something new like a new recipe, learning a new instrument, try some crafts. Studies have shown that creative expressions and overall well-being are linked.
6. Treat Yourself to Dark Chocolate
How does this help besides satisfy our sweet tooth? Well, apparently the flavanoids, caffeine, and theobromine in dark chocolate are thought to help improve your brains alertness and mental skills.
Hang out with a funny friend, watch a comedy, or whatever it is that can make you laugh. Laughter can help relieve stress and reduce anxiety.
8. Add Omega-3 Fatty Acids into Your Diet
Fish oil supplements and eating foods that contain omega-3s like wild salmon, flaxseeds, or walnuts can help build a healthy gut which is also linked to our mental health.
9. Take a Walk
It can be a simple stroll in the park or hike in the woods, but research shows that being in nature can increase energy levels and boost well-being.
10. Get Some Sun
Going out and getting some sun allows you to obtain Vitamin D - which experts believe is a mood enhancer.
If you're stressed, try smiling. It can help lower your heart rate and calm you down.
12. Get Good Sleep
If you've been sleep deprived, chances are, that's not contributing positively to your mood the next day. Getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep consistently can significantly boost your wellbeing and energy levels.