Simply Nerdy Mom: 6 Simple Ideas To Improve Your Mental Health

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

6 Simple Ideas To Improve Your Mental Health

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Mental health problems are on the rise, as our lives become increasingly stressful and fast-paced; it’s important to have effective strategies to de-stress. These six ideas are simple, effective, and easy to work into a busy lifestyle.


1. Educate yourself


When you’re regularly experiencing feelings of anxiety or depression, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. To find clarity and move forward, it can be useful to educate yourself. Learn (in detail) what’s happening to your body when you experience anxiety, and why this is happening. The more understanding we gain about mental health, the easier it is to develop coping strategies. BrainFacts.org offers some helpful info about the science of anxiety.


2. Mental health resources


To boost your mental health, there are plenty of resources out there that can support your journey. From apps to podcasts, books, and websites, let’s take a look at a few of the best:


Grateful: Grateful is a self-care app that supports users to improve well-being, express more positivity, and cope with negativity. The app takes the form of a journal that uses prompts and exercises to help you express more gratitude.


You Are Awesome by Neil Paschria: You Are Awesome is a compelling book about how to live an intentional life, build resilience, cope with stress, and tackle failure. This book will help you to appreciate the good things you have (and realize just how awesome you really are)!


Self Care Sunday: This insightful podcast discusses the connection between self-care, social media, and mental health. Every week Kayley Reed interviews female entrepreneurs, artists, and influencers to discuss how we can practice self-care as women of the ‘digital age.’


3. Professional support


When mental health issues become too overwhelming, professional support is advisable. A professional Psychiatrist can help patients to work through their symptoms and offer a roadmap to recovery. Depending on your condition, treatments may involve cognitive behavioral therapy, medication, or a combination of the two.


4. Journaling exercises


Journalling is a fantastic mental health tool, and so simple to use. You don’t need any special skills or equipment, all you need is a notebook and some time alone. Journals are a great place to write down your emotions and those thoughts that you wouldn’t say to anyone else. Releasing your feelings on the page is the perfect way to de-stress, problem-solve, or arrive at a state of clarity.


5. Back to basics


To improve your mental health, sometimes, all you need to do is take things back to basics. Ensure that you’re getting plenty of sleep, plenty of water and eating lots of nutritious foods. Get into a good exercise regime and practice calming activities, whether reading, hiking or yoga. Physical health and mental health have a close connection which is why it’s important to take care of your body as well as your mind.


6. Endorphin boosting activities


Raising your endorphin levels can help to lift your mood and ease feelings of stress. There are plenty of endorphin boosting activities that you can try including exercise, eating delicious foods, laughing, meditation, sex, or listening to your favorite music.







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