Mental health is essential to a person’s overall health and well-being. Mental illnesses are common and treatable. Approximately 1 in 25 adults in the United States experience a serious mental illness in a given year that interferes with or limits one or more major life experiences. Approximately 1 in 5 youth aged 1-18 experiences a severe mental disorder at some point in their life.
Here are some tips to help with your mental health:
- Switch up your exercise regimen. Try a new sport or exercise class. Working out with other people can enhance its stress-reducing benefits.
- Experiment! Try a new recipe, write a poem or paint. Creativity and overall well-being are linked.
- Smile! Smiling is good for stress and can help lower your heart rate and calm you down.
- Spend time with friends and family. People are 12 times more likely to feel happy on days they spend 6-7 hours with friends and family.
- Consider finding a place of worship.
- Go for a 30 minute walk in nature. It can increase energy levels, reduce depression and boost well-being.
- Listing three funny things that happen to you during the week has been known to enhance happiness and reduce depressive symptoms.
- Go on a trip. Having something to look forward to can boost your happiness for up to 8 weeks.
- Don’t answer work emails over the weekend. Setting boundaries is essential for establishing a work-life balance.
- Connect with someone. Go for a meal or make a phone call. Relationships make the difference between happy and unhappy people.
- Plan out your week for both personal and professional obligations. Having a good work-life balance helps to experience fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety.
- Read a book! Reading helps relieve stress and tension.
- Try meditating. Spiritual practices are linked to increased levels of feel-good chemicals and decreased levels of chemicals associated with stress.
- Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep a night.
- Add plants to your home or office. They’re known to reduce stress and anxiety.
- Incorporate something funny into your environment for a daily dose of humor.
- Get a pet! Time with an animal lowers stress hormones and boosts oxytocin, which stimulates feelings of happiness.
- In through your nose out through your mouth.
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