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How to Easily Improve Your Mental Health

Dennis Relojo-Howell

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Dennis Relojo-Howell, (2020, August 28). How to Easily Improve Your Mental Health. Psychreg on Mental Health. https://www.psychreg.org/how-to-easily-improve-your-mental-health/
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The psychological and emotional state of your mind controls everything that revolves around your life. It determines how you communicate and relate to people, how you solve problems, and your feeling of self-worth. It also dictates your life choices and actions. 

Poor mental health can directly be linked to low moods, low productivity, stress and anxiety, withdrawal effects, and mood swings, among others. It would be best to let go of things that may deteriorate your mental health and focus on improving them. Without further ado, this article discusses various ways that can help you boost your mental health. 

Play with your fur baby

If you are experiencing awful moments and have no one to talk to, your fur baby can be your perfect companion. Pet dogs are known for killing loneliness as you can walk with them wherever you wish. You can also exercise with them, reduce your cholesterol levels, regulate blood sugar, and prevent other ailments associated with a heavyweight. 

The process of getting a support dog is simple and straightforward. Firstly, you should acknowledge your need for a support dog. After that, you should request for a support animal letter from a certified dog therapist. The therapist will help you understand the support dog requirements in the US, and help you get the travel letter. The letter allows you to travel anywhere with your fur baby. However, fur babies can carry harmful bacteria that can be detrimental to your health. Ensure that you subject it to proper care, including treatment and diet.

Appreciate yourself

Challenges and failures in life may leave you feeling low. You may get anxious or suffer depression if you keep blaming yourself. Instead, it would help if you were positive about yourself. For instance, if you run a business and customers are not loyal to your brand, do not quit the market. Instead, re-evaluate yourself to know what you have not done to attract customers. Maybe you only need to change your marketing strategy or lower your prices. 

Ideally, you should think positively about yourself and use your mistakes and failures to make up for your future success. Keep a gratitude journal with recordings of all your achievements in life. Going through your past achievements during low moments can always inspire you and help you sober up.

Exercise

Scientific studies link physical activity with initiating the secretion of endorphins in the brain. Endorphins are chemical substances that help in reducing pain, stress, and depression. The workouts also improve the heart’s health and ensure proper circulation of nutrients to the body cells, including the brain. You don’t have to visit a gym to do some workouts. Simple physical exercises like jogging, walking along the staircase, or even taking a walk to and from the market. A 30-minute exercise is enough to boost your mood.

Eat healthily

You need a good diet to enhance the working of your brain cells. For instance, a sufficient carbohydrate level will increase serotonin levels, a chemical substance that initiates a calming effect on the brain. High protein diets are essential for improving dopamine, tyrosine, and norepinephrine levels, helping to keep your mind alert. 

Fruits and vegetables are full of minerals and vitamins, vital for healthy memory and general body immune. You can also improve your brain cells’ structural integrity by taking proteins rich in polyunsaturated fats such as oily fish, flax seeds, and nuts.

Socialise

Interacting and sharing with friends is an effective way of improving mood. You can effectively reach out to your friends from the convenience of your phone using social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. You can also join counselling and support groups to share your problems and get the right inspiration from experienced persons. You can also use media platforms to watch funny clips and or read hilarious quotes. The exciting videos or quotes will carry your thoughts away from disturbing thoughts and make you feel elevated.

Take breaks

Imagine you are an employee in an organisation, and you encounter a complicated problem that needs careful analysis, and a slight mistake may attract huge losses to the company. In that case, you will undoubtedly feel disturbed if not nervous. To successfully walk through the problem, you need to take breaks to sober up and discuss the matter with professionals who are conversant with the problem. The breaks will allow you to freshen and collect insights to ease your anxiety. 

You may also take long breaks from your job if it is stressful and feel like quitting. By doing so, you will have time to make the decision that will favour your mental health. 

Having known various tips for improving your mental health, it’s now time to take a positive step. Have clear routines for implementing your mental improvement strategy. Be consistent with your routines/habits, and you will experience gradual mental recovery.

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Dennis Relojo-Howell is the founder of Psychreg. He interviews people within psychology, mental health, and well-being on his YouTube channel, The DRH Show.

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