5 ways to improve your mental health

It feels a bit wrong to say "happy mental health day" because its not "happy" when poor mental health is endemic in today's fast paced society-especially when living in a busy city. However, I want to put a positive spin on the day, because my space on the internet isn't the place to talk about facts and figures but a place to uplift and inspire people. So, lets celebrate the possibility of having good mental health and try our best each day to be the best person we each can be. With that in mind, here are 5 ways to improve your mental health. (These are listed in no particular order).

1. Wake up happy

This is so important for me, so hopefully it will resonate with you. This morning I woke up feeling lousy after having a really vivid nightmare, as I had gone to bed with a migraine. For a moment I lay there motionless dreading the day ahead. As soon as this feeling had taken hold, I wrestled with it by thinking of things I was looking forward to and things I was thankful for. An example is just being thankful that I had time for a rare ten hour sleep, another was to be thankful that I lived so close to my work that I didn't have to wake up earlier. Get the idea? After about ten minutes of positive thoughts and looking forward to my morning cuppa, I sprung out of bed and put the kettle on.

2. Treat Yo' Self

Each day! There is nothing wrong with a treat. Maybe it is watching your favourite series when you get home from school, lectures or work. Maybe it is something as small as listening to your favourite song in the morning. Treats don't have to be unhealthy, expensive or time consuming-they are anything that elevates your mood.

3. Seek Help

Asking for help to improve your wellbeing, rather than your wellbeing spiralling downwards is not accepting defeat. It is more a case of instead of wandering around the confines of a shop, trying to find the item you want, you type in some keywords online to find it instantly. This is your journey, if you think help is needed don't let anything or anyone stop you in your tracks! At the end of the day, you're the one living your life, so make the best decisions for your own wellbeing.

4. Go For A Walk

When living in a city it can be hard to find a nice place to walk around. It can be busy and there are lots of crowds. Don't let this stop you, because walking releases endorphins which may put you at ease with the crowds which could reprogram your brain to enjoy the hustle-and-bustle. Plus, you never know what you may find on your chilled out walk. On some of my aimless wanders around the city I have found quiet parks, interesting graffiti and quaint coffee shops. There is a way of being alone but not lonely, and the way is to walk!

5. Journal Your Way To Contentment

It can feel a bit silly writing your feelings down and then reading them back like "what is going on in my brain?!" Despite this, when having an overwhelming week (even if its good-overwhelming) I find it really useful to just write down how I feel. The great thing is that in a few months time when I worked through the challenge and everything turned out fine, the journal serves as a good reminder that everything works its way out over time. Plus, its like saying to myself "when I felt like this, a few months ago, everything worked out in my favour, so don't dwell on things so much this time around". For some reason, it is calming. Plus, you don't need to do this often but only when you feel like it. I find this takes the pressure off a bit.

Lets all support each other by posting top tips for your wellbeing in the comments! 

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  1. I love the treat yourself point - it doesnt even have to be something huge just cosy-ing up and popping on your fav face mask whilst taking time out!

    Abigail Alice x

  2. I totally agree with taking walks and journaling! I started do the Five minute journal when I wake up and right before I go to bed and that has helped tremendously. Great post! :)

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