Natural ways to improve your mental health.
Mental health is integral for maintaining wellbeing, good physical health, and proper energy levels. May is Mental Health Awareness month, which gives you the perfect opportunity to evaluate your mental health state. Good mental health allows you to live your life in a positive and meaningful way, meaning that you can cope with life’s changes and challenges. To help, we’ve rounded up some top tips on how to reduce stress and improve your mental health.
Make it your aim to get eight hours of solid sleep every night as this allows your body and mind to restore. To help you get a good night’s rest, put your phone away at least an hour before bed and do something soothing and relaxing. Whether you read a book or take a bath, find what calms you before bed.
Exercise prompts your body to release feel-good hormones like endorphins, which can help you to feel less stressed and happier. Stress can also make you subconsciously tense your muscles, which exercise can help to release. Find a workout that you enjoy doing, whether that is hitting the gym, walking around the park, doing a new spin class, or finding a yoga studio.
It’s easy to get caught up in your never-ending to-do list and become anxious and overwhelmed. If this does happen, take a moment to stop and ‘be’ in the moment. This may be as simple as practicing guided mediation, breathing deeply for a few moments, or getting away from the situation.
Spending time with family, friends, and pets can help strength your mental health and wellbeing. You can get involved with the local community through:
- Volunteer work
These activities may help to give you a sense of accomplishment and purpose.