6 Ways to Actually Improve Your Mental Health πŸ’ž Part I

1. Get Outside πŸŒΏπŸŒβ˜€οΈ

Spending time outdoors is shown to improve your overall health and wellbeing. Getting outside boosts your mood and immune system, reduces stress and anxiety and, as a bonus, encourages physical activity.

2. Exercise Regularly πŸ‹οΈβ€β™€οΈπŸ’ͺπŸ–€

Moving your body and exercising regularly does wonders for your mental wellbeing. With a range of benefits such as; getting those happy hormones pumping, increasing focus and concentration, regulating breathing, boosting energy and motivation and improving sleep quality. Exercising also helps you build self-esteem, resilience and confidence as you build a strong body. You also increase your opportunities for social interaction. Whether that be your new bootcamp buddy or the person you wave at every morning on your run - every little connection is good for you.

3. Learn to say "no" to things that don't work for you and create boundaries βœ–οΈβœ–οΈβœ–οΈ

It's natural to want to help and care for everyone around you. Its a lovely quality, as long as its not to the detriment of your own health or stress levels. Saying "no" is not a negative so you shouldn't feel badly about it. Its just about setting boundaries and being honest. Whether you say no to more work when you're already at capacity or are telling your friend/family/partner/child that you need a little quiet time rather than going alone with whatever activity they want to do, saying no enables you to set boundaries and control your capacity.

4. Realise that some stress is good stress πŸ€—πŸ€“πŸ’œ

When we hear "stress" we immediately jump to the negative, but some stress is actually good for us. The trick is being able to recognise the difference and respond in the healthiest way. Good stress is the kind of stress that helps you learn, grow and develop. Like getting out of your comfort zone or pushing yourself to achieve something new. Studies show that this kind of "anxiety" can actually help you perform better. When you begin to feel stressed, take a breath and think about the cause. Are you feeling nervous about something new or being pushed out of your comfort zone? Nervousness is temporary and attached to an event or something challenging that will pass. The uncomfortable feeling will go away once the "event" has occurred. Anxiety is felt daily and can be attached to something that may seem irrational.

5. Practice gratitude and mindfulness πŸ’«πŸ’•πŸƒ

Gratitude and mindfulness are a great way to put things into perspective and to take some time to "reset" so you're able to think more clearly. These practices also help you to slow down, recognise and appreciate all of the great things in your life which we can easily overlook when we're under pressure. Studies have shown that groups practicing gratitude and mindfulness report having significantly better mental health.

6. Talk to people you can trust πŸ˜˜πŸ‘«πŸ™
Whether you need advice, to vent or to just have a great big belly laugh about a crazy situation, having people you can talk to openly, honestly and without judgement is important. Often, the simple act of saying something out loud helps to rationalise it and give you a sense of relief for getting it off your chest. Its also great to be a support to your loved ones in times of need too...

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