5 tips to boost your mental health

It’s Mental Health Awareness Month, which means we’re all reminded to put some extra effort into taking care of our mental health, and encouraging those around us to do the same. Here are 5 things you can do starting today, to take better care of your mental health.

Get enough rest

Getting enough sleep doesn’t just help you feel less cranky during the day, but it’s good for your memory, mood regulation and immune system. These will all benefit your mental well-being in the long run.

Eat healthy food

The food we eat is really important. Have you ever binged on something greasy and unhealthy and felt really sluggish and tired afterwards? That’s because greasy food puts strain on your digestive system, taking up a lot of energy. On the other hand, healthier foods, like fruit, veggies and good proteins, make you feel lighter and more energised. Think about it, if you’re feeling good physically, it’s bound to have an effect on you mentally.

Find positive ways to cope with stress

Stress is a normal part of life, which means we need healthy ways to deal with it so we don’t find ourselves in an unhealthy, disruptive pattern of stress and other negative emotions. That’s why it’s important to take a close look at how you are dealing with the stressors in your life currently. Do you try to escape by using drugs and/or alcohol? Do you binge on junk food? Or do you use exercise to blow off steam and clear your head?

Healthy coping mechanisms prevent long-term issues, by helping you clear your mind, increasing positive emotions and finding effective ways to solve a problem. Here are some positive coping mechanisms you can start using today.

Go outside

Spending a few minutes outdoors, getting some Vitamin D can really help boost your mood.    It’s also a chance to get some fresh air, take a little walk and get a change of scenery – especially if you’ve been studying or working hard. Spending 15-30 minutes outside daily can do a world of good for your mental health.

Find a hobby

Doing what you love can improve your mood and help you forget about your problems for a little while. This is a healthy way to help you cope with the pressures of everyday life so you can have a bit of fun. Things like singing, playing an instrument, reading, doing some exercise, or even gardening can be really beneficial to your mental wellbeing. You don’t have to be really good at your chosen hobby, either, you just have to enjoy it.

Being mindful of your mental health and making small lifestyle changes every day can help you feel happier and more fulfilled. Remember to check in with yourself often and take some time for self-care. You deserve to feel good, and with the tips I have just provided, you’ll be there in no time.

If you or a friend need advice or help, you can contact me here on Ask Choma, send me a Facebook Message, a Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657).