Enjoying mental health means having a sense of well-being, being able to function during everyday life and feeling confident to rise to a challenge when the opportunity arises.
Just like your physical health, there are actions you can take to increase your mental health. Boost your wellbeing and stay mentally healthy by following a few of these simple steps outlined below.
Connect with others
Develop and maintain strong relationships with people around you who will support and enrich your life. The quality of our personal relationships has a great effect on our wellbeing. Putting time and effort into building strong relationships can bring great rewards.
Take time to enjoy
Set aside time for activities, hobbies and projects you enjoy. Let yourself be spontaneous and creative when the urge takes you.
Participate and share interests
Join a club or group of people who share your interests. Being part of a group of people with a common interest provides a sense of belonging and is good for your mental health.
Contribute to your community
Volunteer your time for a cause or issue that you care about. Help out a neighbor, work in a community garden or do something nice for a friend. There are many great ways to contribute that can help you feel good about yourself and your place in the world. An effort to improve the lives of others is sure to improve your life too.
Take care of yourself
Being active and eating well helps maintain a healthy body. Physical and mental health are closely linked; it’s easier to feel good about life if your body feels good. Having a physical and mental balance radiates health.
Exercise can help raise serotonin levels. It helps you feel physically better and more in touch with your body. Combine physical activity with a balanced diet to nourish your body and mind and keep you feeling good, inside and out. Try yoga, a local fitness class, or spinning. Start slowly as going from zero to 100 can be counter-productive.
Meditation is another important factor in mental health. Daily practice can train the mind to relax and relieve stress.