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22 April 2020 | 5 min read

9 Small Changes That Can Help Improve Your Mental Health   

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Sometimes, waking up in a bad mood might seem like the end of the world and drastically impact our mental health. Maybe the stress of the current state of the world might be getting to you, or possibly losing your daily routine may be a harder thing to shake. After all, human beings are social animals, and many of us find our solace out in the open, hugging our loved ones, while being in touch with colleagues, catching up with friends, traveling, and a whole lot of other outdoor activities.

But here’s the good news: happiness is not a circumstance or a reaction to the environment; it’s a skill. A bad day {or a week, or month} is only bad if you decide to stay in that state of mind. And there are quite a few things that you can do to improve your mental health.

PS – Long-lasting negative moods might be more serious. We advise you to talk to your medical doctor if negative emotions persist or are affecting your appetite, sleep, or relationships.

Here are a few trusted ways to better mental health this week:

Envision Your Happy Place

Envision your happy place

It might sound like a cliché, but the old-school advice to “envision your happy place” can sometimes turn out to be helpful. Is there a particular place that brings you warm fuzzy memories?

Maybe it’s the beach vacation that you took last year or reading books in your childhood home. Closing your eyes and envisioning yourself in this happy place could help, but you can also try to recreate this “place” as best as you can from the comfort of your own home.

Additionally, you can also read a book or put on the playlist that reminds you of your tropical vacay. Envisioning a memory that you associate with happiness can have a calming effect on your current state.

Try Yoga Or Meditation

Yoga for mental health

Anything that takes you out of your head and back into your body can help with feeling out of control. That is why exercises are considered a great mood booster, but less strenuous activities like yoga can help center you.

Try practicing yoga when you’re feeling stressed and focus on taking deep breaths with each movement (think “inhale” and “exhale” to stay focused). Breathing exercises are also a simple way to destress yourself at any point in time.

Reach out for help – Feeling helpless, lonely, and anxious? Or having a panic attack? Trust us, and your closest people are always there to help you. If not, you can always reach out to the many NGOs and helpline numbers. Do not shy away from asking for help.

Tip – Cult.fit is offering a host of online classes for those who want to exercise at home. From home workouts to yoga classes, there is something here for everyone – check it out here

Be Kind

Be kind

The advice that giving to other people helps you is cliché because it’s true. Send your relatives a care package, thank the healthcare workers that you know, send your work wife a compliment, donate money to a local charity that’s in need, or simply check in on your friend to see how they are doing. Thinking of both big and small ways you can make other people smile is perhaps the quickest {and simples} way to make yourself smile, too.

Learn New Hobbies

Learning a new hobby

Sometimes you might have a lot of excess energy that you don’t know what to do with, so channel that energy into creating something. Whether or not you consider yourself a creative person, everyone can “create” something. Pick anything that you like, whether it’s journaling, cooking, dancing, playing guitar, sketching, or scrapbooking – schedule time in your day to let your creative energies flow. It’s excellent for both your mind and soul.

Connect With Your Friends/Family

Connecting with friends

A phone call always helps you connect with another and distract your mind from negative thoughts. A long, stressful workday? The voice of your favourite person is a stress buster. Text friends daily to see how they’re doing, use online apps to check in with family members and keep up with your social schedule routine {like happy hours or coffee dates with your friends–virtual, of course} – it is sure to make you feel more satisfied and connected.

Unfollow Social Media Accounts That Are Negative

Go off social media

Spend a few minutes this week to completely detox your social media. Unfollow or mute all the accounts that do not make you feel inspired, happy, or confident. Delete those accounts that are not adding any value to your life. Instead, follow people whose lives you admire for networking with and learning from, and find meditation or inspiration accounts that will serve as a reminder to be calm and happy whenever you get tempted to scroll. Instead of watching other people’s lives, go live your own.

Learn To Switch Off

Read for mental wellbeing

Everyone knows that getting enough quality sleep is crucial for mental health. But often, we are either working vigorously on our laptops or scrolling through Instagram until the minute our head hits the pillow. The problem with the modern lifestyle is that the body needs time to ease into sleep. That is why you must spend at least 30 minutes before bed without any screens, distractions, or stressors. Take a bath, do some light stretching, or sip a chamomile tea and read a book.

Practice Forgiveness

Forgive for mental wellbeing

Forgiveness is thought of as beneficial for the person who has messed up, which is why many of having problems with forgiving others {because we believe that not everyone deserves it}. But forgiveness is beneficial for the person giving forgiveness than receiving it.

By forgiving others, you will be letting go of the bad feelings that are affecting you in more ways than you realize. As far as possible, accept people for who they are, and realize that it is your expectations, not other people’s actions, that disappoint you. Trust us, and it will take you a long way ahead in life.

Be Grateful

Be greatful

Maybe you’ve heard of gratitude journaling where you write down what you’re grateful for as a meditation practice, or perhaps you know how good gratitude is for your relationships and psychological health. If you find yourself awake at night, you can always make a mental list of things that you are grateful for, and it might help alleviate your anxiety.

While any feelings of gratitude spark positivity, challenge yourself to be grateful for something new every single day. Not only will this improve happiness, but it will make you conscious of the many things that you take for granted every day.

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