Habits are a powerful way to change your mental health and life.
You need to admit it to yourself.
Just come clean and say it out loud.
Your mental health hasn’t been the best since the pandemic started, maybe even before that.
Maybe you’re not happy with your current situation in life, and you just want to know how to be happy.
Or you might be going thru other difficult stuff in your job or family.
I get it, it’s hard to see the good when all we see it’s just the bad.
But I think this is where building habits to improve mental health and wellbeing comes in handy. Especially when we have to socially distant ourselves from the people we love.
Or just people in general.
Here are the 4 mental health habits that I believe we should all practice.
What habits can help to improve your mental wellness?
I want to share with you good mental health habits so you can start improving your mindset. These are not the only habits there are, but the ones I think are important to apply to your life.
I think in these times we should have a good mental health routine.
This is something we should do more of, be grateful even in those moments when life seems too difficult and sad. But being grateful is a powerful habit to cultivate each day.
Being grateful shifts our thinking from what we don’t have to the blessings in our lives.
People search how to be happy (over 120 thousand times a month) but with practicing gratitude you’ll discover that you have a lot to be happy about.
It’s hard to feel sorry for yourself when you’re feeling gratitude. Before jumping to the next habit, let me give a suggestion:
- Keep a gratitude journal and every morning write the things you’re grateful for in your life.
This may seem like a simple and obvious habit, but powerful for your mental wellbeing.
Now, let me be clear I don’t mean to lift weights for 2 hours 3 days a week but the idea is for you to do some physical movement.
According to Help Guide, exercise can help us in having better mental health:
“Exercise is a natural and effective anti-anxiety treatment. It relieves tension and stress, boosts physical and mental energy, and enhances well-being through the release of endorphins. Anything that gets you moving can help, but you’ll get a bigger benefit if you pay attention instead of zoning out.”
So start exercises to improve mental health and reap the benefits.
A good night’s sleep can really charge you mentally. Have you ever been without sleep and after a few hours can’t even think straight?
Well, a good night’s sleep can do wonders for your mental health. If it’s hard for you to go to sleep at night–it happens to me too–you can try something like this that can naturally help you sleep.
Besides that, let me give you a few tips for better sleep:
- Step away from your computer and cell phone screen an hour or two before bed
- Sleep in complete darkness
- Read a fiction book before going to bed
- Exercise, but not before bed
- Don’t drink caffeine
These are just a few, but they can help you with better sleep.
Take a Break From Social Media
In this time of social distancing, it’s hard not to stay connected. It’s a great way to stay in touch with family and friends but be mindful of how it makes you feel.
There is something weird about social media, in the way we feel when we use it. The rush of the likes and comments to the things we post and when we don’t.
According to the American Psychiatric Association:
- One in three adults (38%) see social media usage as harmful to mental health
- 45% see social media usage as having both positive and negative impact on mental health
- Only 5% see it as having a positive impact
If social media makes you feel more stressed and anxious, then it’s time to give it a break and limit your engagement on whatever platform you use.
The first step is the hardest
It’s hard to create habits, but not impossible. The only way you can create healthy habits is by being consistent and intentional.
Start with these 4 powerful daily habits and you will improve your mental and emotional health. I hope you found them useful.
Let me know your thoughts.