5 Ways to Improve your Mental WellbeingAug 09, 2021
Mental fitness is even more important than physical fitness, if we’re not in the right frame of mind, everything else goes out of the window. We live in a highly stressed, always on environment where the strains of a busy job, family and social schedule mean that if we’re not mindful, our mental health can suffer.
Here are a few things you can try to help increase our positivity, reduce our stress and calm our mind
- Get Friendly
Reach out to your friend and family as strong relationships are important for your mental wellbeing. Others can help you:
- build a sense of belonging and self-worth
- share positive experiences
- unload negative thoughts and act as a sounding board
- provide emotional support
- take time out of your day to reach out, arrange to meet up, have a coffee & hangout
- switch off your tv & social media and play with your kids, get online and engage with a group of distant friends or family
- have lunch with a colleague
- Step to it!
Being active is not only great for your physical health and fitness. This doesn’t mean you have to engage in an intensive workout or spend hour sin the gym on the treadmill. Evidence also shows it can also improve your mental wellbeing by:
- raising your self-esteem
- release endorphins (feel good chemicals)
- helping you to set goals or challenges and achieve them
- choose a fun activity – tennis, football, golf etc
- Start small – do 10 minutes and work your way up
- Get a friend involved – share the social aspect, stay accountable, motivate each other
- Learn new skills
Try something new that challenges your brain, keeps you engaged and has a rewarding outcome. This doesn’t mean you have to go back to school or sit a Uni degree. Research shows that learning new skills can also improve your mental wellbeing by:
- boosting self-confidence
- build a sense of purpose
- connecting with others
Try learning something you’ve always wanted to do, such as a foreign cookery course, learning another language or something very practical like carpentry or car mechanics.
- Give to others
This could be volunteering for a local charity or social cause or assisting those around you to have a better life. It doesn’t have to be a large amount of your time, but just a little help here and there does the trick.
Ask those around you if they need help with anything, try your neighbours, friends and family you’ve not seen for a while or local community groups. Or use your skills to provide online advise to social media groups that help to support others.
Meditation has been shown to be a highly effective way of reducing stress and improving wellbeing. It can help to:
- calm the mind
- reduce anxiety
- improve mental focus
Try doing nothing for 5 minutes. Find a quiet place, turn off any electronics, don’t be disturbed. Clear your mind.
Try my Meditation for Complete Beginners Guide to get you up and running.
Here are some other resources you can use to help improve your health
1) - Try the FREE Fast Fit Formula 14 Day Wellbeing Challenge - The Blueprint to Kick Start your Healthy Mindset
2) - Download the FREE Anti-Anxiety Formula ebook - stress less, live better
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