5 Daily Habits to Improve Your Mental Health
Many factors play a part in mental health, some of which you have no control over. Family history, life experiences, and genetics are just a few that spring to mind. However, you do have influence over a big part of your mental health. Knowing where to start is key. Here are some strategies to promote improved mental health.
Get Restful Sleep
Research undertaken in 2021 found that people who averaged 6 hours of sleep or less per night were around 2.5 times more likely to report frequent mental distress compared with those who averaged more.
Cut Back on Your Social Media
Constantly consuming information about other people’s lives can promote feelings of low self-worth, thereby increasing feelings of anxiety and depression.
Try to spend less time on social media and see how much better it makes you feel.
Strengthen Your Relationships
Strong relationships can have a positive influence on your mental health by easing feelings of loneliness, making it easier to get emotional support, and adding meaning to your life.
Make Time for Rest
What constitutes rest varies from person to person. For some, it might be a day of beauty treatments. In a survey, 61% use hair and beauty treatments to improve their mental health. For other people, resting might be a hiking trip. What’s most important is that you’re allowing your mind and body to unwind and restore.
Get Some Sunshine
The sun is a great source of Vitamin D and studies have shown that it can improve your mood and attitude. You don’t have to spend hours outdoors either. Just five minutes of blue skies can be very beneficial for your mind and your heart.