Society’s approach to mental health has come a long way over the past couple of decades. What was previously an unspoken aspect of the human experience has now gone mainstream, and that’s in large part thanks to people’s willingness to be open about their struggles. While it’s unfortunate that more people than ever are reporting mental health struggles, the good news is that we now have a greater understanding of what people can do to give their mental health a nudge in the right direction.
In some cases, professional help will be required. But the majority of people will find that they can manage their mental health effectively on their own. Below, we run through some tried and tested methods for keeping your mental health in tip-top condition.
If you thought that working up a sweat only brought physical benefits, then think again. Studies have shown that committing to a regular workout routine can do wonders for your mental health, helping to alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety. If you’re feeling a little down, then consider putting on your running shoes and going for a 5k run. There’s every chance that you’ll feel much better by the time you’re back.
Talk to a Friend
Mental health struggles are difficult to manage because your mind can become your own worst enemy. But you know who’s not your worst enemy? Your friends and family. If you can open up to them about your experience, you’ll likely feel much better. Indeed, this is something that you can do on a regular basis any time that you have a problem. Spinning an issue around in your mind won’t do you any favors. Share it with a friend, and you’ll feel much lighter.
Journal It Out
If you don’t want to share all your inner thoughts with your friends — as many people don’t — then consider journaling. This is a highly effective method for keeping anxiety in control, in large part because it helps to release anxious thoughts. If you need some help getting started, then take a look at getting the CareClinic app, which offers an anxiety journal that includes writing prompts and other features. In many cases, you’ll find that you’re able to severely minimize your anxious thoughts and feelings just through the course of writing.
Spend Time in Nature
Urban life can be fun, but it’s stressful — and that can take a toll on your mental health. Spending time in nature has been shown to have a significantly positive impact on mental well-being, helping to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. Studies have shown that spending just fifteen minutes in nature can alleviate symptoms, but for the biggest effect, look at spending two hours a week in the great outdoors (either all at once or in chunks). Plus, going for a long hike won’t just give your mental health a boost — it’ll also nudge your physical well-being in the right direction, and it’s a great way to spend some quality time with your friends.