Society has recently made a number of steps towards destigmatizing mental health conditions. It has been estimated that one in three people will suffer from a mental health problem at some point in their lives so it’s an issue which, directly or indirectly, affects us all.
The modern world has increased the prevalence of mental health conditions. Every day, we scroll through Instagram and Facebook timelines filled with the highlights of our friends and families lives, and, for some, this can have a negative effect on their mental health.
While there is no denying that comparing your day-to-day life with the highlights of other people’s can be damaging for your mental health, along with a host of other behaviors, it turns out that there’s a number of small steps we can all take towards keeping ourselves mentally happy.
1. Walk Tall
According to Time, a study found that people who walk tall are more likely to have positive thoughts. This means keeping your head held high and your shoulders back. Whereas those who slouch are more likely to focus on the negatives in the lives.
2. Take Fewer Pictures
In the modern world, we take more photographs than ever before, but a study published in Psychological Science suggests that our obsession with documenting everything could be harming our mental health. So it’s probably a good idea to resist Instagramming your every meal.
If you exercise three times a week, your risk of being depressed decreases by 19 percent, according to a study by University College London. People who rarely exercise are more likely to be depressed, whereas those who are happier tend to exercise regularly.
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This next one is something we’re all guilty of doing…
4. Stop Procrastinating
The longer you put off doing a task for, the more difficult it is going to be to do because procrastination leads to increased anxiety levels. Instead, relax with an enjoyable activity like listening to music before tackling your to-do list in a timely manner.
5. Don’t Stay In A Toxic Relationship
Perhaps this is a given, but if you are with someone who consistently puts you down, or in a toxic relationship of any kind, then it’s a good idea to get out of the relationship sooner rather than later. Otherwise, you could suffer from anxiety and depression as a result.
6. Sleep More
We need an ample amount of sleep to function properly. Without it, our day-to-day lives become more difficult. Even if you struggle to fall asleep easily, try to overcome the problem by doing another helpful activity like exercising. More energy will lead to greater happiness.
7. Make Time For Yourself
It doesn’t matter how busy your life gets, or how many commitments you have, it’s essential that you make time for yourself – even if it’s just to read a book for half an hour at the end of each day. It will help make you less susceptible to anxiety and depression.
8. Take A Break From Technology
These days, we are completely overstimulated by technology. We begin and end each day by looking at our smartphones and our mental health is suffering as a result. Even if it’s only for a few hours every week, it’s important to be able to have a technological detox.
9. Stop Multitasking
You might be able to reply to emails whilst simultaneously eating your lunch, but it’s been proven that multitasking is bad for your mental health. Trying to do too many things at once will make you more stressed. That’s why it’s important to do things one task at a time.
So there you have it – nine simple ways that you can improve your mental health. As we enter 2018, it’s important to remember that it’s okay to put your mental health first, and, if you know someone who is struggling, make useful suggestions about how they can help themselves.