Now, more than ever, people are more aware about the importance of their mental health than ever before. Many factors such as the pandemic, changing attitudes toward mental health and therapy, and emerging young adults being more open about their struggles have helped changed the narrative around mental illness and wellbeing. We're also more aware than ever before about the effects certain activities have on our wellbeing. These 10 habits have been scientifically proven to help your mental wellbeing leaving you happier and healthier.
Exercise isn't just good for your body but good for your mind! Studies show that people who exercise regularly have better mental and emotional wellbeing. There's many reasons for that. Exercise changes the happy chemicals in your brain such as serotonin, endorphin, and stress hormones. Exercise also helps you sleep better and increase your energy levels which have important effects on your mental and emotional health. You can sign up for our classes here.
Go To Therapy
Therapy is valuable resource when dealing with mental health struggles. Therapy helps individuals with a challenging life event or situations and treats mental health conditions. Therapy allows promotes well-being and reduce stress by the development of coping skills and strategies. People who attend therapy often see improvements in their quality of life and report better sleep and improved relationships. We have two licensed therapists. You can sign up here.
Have a Self-Care Day
We've all heard about self-care, but it's not just a buzz-word! Self-care has been shown to promote well-being and reduce stress levels. When you do self care activities, such as, getting a massage or getting a pedicure it helps you maintain a healthy relationship with yourself and reminds you that your time is valuable. Taking time to do something for yourself allows you to live your life fully and effectively. RedBloom has a ton of services for your self-care day such as Massage Therapy, Reiki and Ear Seeds.
There are a ton of benefits to meditation that can positively affect your mental health. Meditation has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety and promote emotional health. Taking some time to look inward and focus your thoughts on the presence enhances your self-awareness and improves sleep. Take about 20 minutes to meditate. There are a ton of guided meditations you can find on Youtube.
Get Outside with Nature
Getting outside with nature has a ton of benefits for your mental health. Studies show that people visiting and noticing nature reported better wellbeing, improved sleep, and reduced stress. But not all nature is the same. Aim to spend time in area where there is more greenery and where you can observe animals in their natural habitat.
Unplug for a Few Hours
Smart Phones and public wifi everywhere we go has great benefits for our productivity, but wreak havoc on our mental health at times. It's easy to feel like you have to always be on when you have a mini computer in your back pocket at all-times. But unplugging, turning off your phone and stepping away from your computer, allows you recover from stress and be present. Try to step away from your phone/computer for a few hours a week. Unplugging before bed has been linked to better sleep.
Take a Nap
Getting enough sleep is crucial when it comes to your mental and emotional health. Lack of sleep has links to depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and more. Both Non-REM and REM sleep plays an important role in your brain health which contribute to your mental health. REM sleep specifically facilitates the brain's processing of emotional information. Taking just a 20 minute nap can help your mental health exponentially!
Call a Friend
When we get sad or anxious many people tend to isolate, but that's doing more harm than good. Having social connections is proven to be good for your wellbeing. People with social connections are proven to have lower rates of anxiety and depression while having higher self-esteem. There are three kinds of connections that you can have with people:
Journaling is having a moment right now, but with good reason. Journaling has a ton of benefits for your mental health. A regular journaling practice helps you organize your thoughts and allows you to identify negative though patterns and behaviors. Individuals who journal on a regular basis have reported less stress and better overall feelings of wellbeing. If you're new to journaling, journal prompts might be an easy way for you to get started.
Eat Your Favorite Nutritionally Dense Meal
What you put into your body also affects your mind. One reason for this because the amount of good bacteria in your gut affects the production of happy chemicals like dopamine and serotonin. When you're eating nutritionally dense meals promotes this good bacteria. Nutrient rich foods are also less likely to spike your blood sugar leading to fewer mood swings and an improved ability to focus.
These ten activities can help you live a happier and healthier life. Taking the time to take care of yourself mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally will greatly benefit your quality of life. Not only will these activities help you when you're struggling with your mental and emotional wellbeing, but will help prevent future struggles as well.
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