The Association’s Top 25 Ways to Improve Your Mental Health

The Association’s Top 25 Ways to Improve Your Mental Health

By Matt Gleason
Mental Health Association Oklahoma

If we were going to start a T-shirt company, these are some of the bits of wisdom that would surely end up emblazoned on them. Until then, we hope these tips will help improve your mental health and put a smile on your face.

  1. The three most effective tips are also the most boring (eat well, get enough sleep, exercise).
  2. The difference between a happy you and an unhappy you comes down to fostering awesome relationships.
  3. Stop right now and take a short break from work. Seriously. It will make your brain happy, clear and ready to fight off stress.
  4. Becoming more productive is pointless if you’re not kind to yourself in the process.
  5. Helping someone in need = less depression for you and improved mental health.
  6. The better you sleep at night — cat naps during your lunch break are cool, too — the higher likelihood you’ll succeed at work.
  7. Go for a walk, run or some really intense office-chair spinning. It’s super fun and will give you a burst of endorphins to boost your mental and physical health.
  8. Skip the fast food and slow down with a healthful lunch. Again, not the most glamorous tip but you’ll love how you feel when you take care of your body.
  9. Want to get motivated? First, you need to know why you want to get something done.
  10. Time, energy, and attention are the main ingredients for productivity. Smiling while you do it is the frosting.
  11. Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed. A handy “to do” list (there are some great phone apps for that) will allow you to check off tasks while getting a rush from a sense of accomplishment.
  12. Reminisce about something hilarious that you’ve seen or done. Laughter boosts the immune system.
  13. Notice and appreciate the positives in your life.
  14. Make eye-contact with people at work and always greet them. Plus, you’ll make their day if you actually remember their name. These little gestures can make both of your days even better.
  15. Send thank you notes — via email or through snail mail — for the little things and the big things that meant so much to you.
  16. Journaling lets you put down your thoughts, analyze them and make a plan for the next day and 10 years from now.
  17. Share something good that has happened in your life with someone else. By sharing, you get to relive the good news and enjoy another person’s reaction to your good fortune.
  18. Try yoga. It boosts your reduces stress, make you more flexible and does all kinds of good things for your brain.
  19. Remember an achievement from the past to remind yourself that you have the potential for success. This can help reduce feelings of insecurity and lower stress.
  20. Make sure to enjoy at least 15 minutes of sunshine. Don’t forget the sunscreen. Sunlight synthesizes Vitamin D, which experts theorize is a mood elevator.
  21. Pessimism does no one any good. Studies show that optimists have a 50% lower risk of early mortality.
  22. Try meditating with deep breathing exercises. Focus on inhaling and exhaling for 10 minutes.
  23. Laugh at some of life’s hassles. Finding amusement in challenging situations can lower stress and foster optimism.
  24. Don’t worry. Be happy, creative, loving, generous and the best you … even when you don’t want to be.
  25. The best advice is given to people you care about the most, like all of you 🙂

 

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