Improving Mental Health
All too often when we talk about improving health we only think of physical health. However mental health is just as important, having a healthy mind and body allows for you to be the best and most productive version of yourself! There are a number of steps you can take to improve your mental health here are a few specifics:
Lean on your support system, after all what are friends and family for? A 2011 study found that spending time with your BFF can reduce stress. Research also shows that social connection is imperative to mental health. Spend as much time as possible with your loved ones, whether it’s going to dinner or just watching a movie together.
Educate yourself about mental health and about the world around you, Mental health conditions are much easier to manage when you know what’s really happening inside the mind. For example, did you know that some disorders may be genetic? Did you know that many conditions have physical symptoms? Learn as much as you can about what you’re dealing with or what your loved ones are experiencing.
And most importantly , practice gratitude .Life’s so much better when you’re acknowledging the bright side. Research suggests that expressing what you’re thankful for — from your dog to your favorite song on the radio — will improve your mental well-being.
If you’re set on making a vow for improvement this year, add mental health to the top of your priority list!