Your mental health is a vital part of your well-being. When you aren’t feeling well mentally, it affects everything about your life. In order to protect your mental health, you have to stay on top of it. It takes a daily effort to wash away stress and keep your mind strong. For tips on how to do just that every single day, check out these three slightly odd tips that can be incorporated right away.
Cut Off Your Friends
This sounds harsh, but bear with me. Don’t stop talking to your friends … at least not the ones you see in person. But, if you spend loads of time on social media, it might be time to cut back or turn it off. Research has shown that social media can make people feel unhappy. We tend to get glimpses of other people’s “perfect” lives, and then we feel worse about ourselves. If you find your mental health suffering, shut off your social media outlets for a while and see if you feel better.
Don’t Aim to Please
We all like to please other people because we like to be liked. But, it’s this drive to please other people that can sometimes cause worry and stress. In some instances, you have to please others. Big project at school or work? Yes, aim to please. Your wardrobe? No. Your choice in hobbies? No again. When it comes to everyday decisions, only aim to please yourself. You’ll relieve yourself of a lot of stress and boost your own self-esteem and confidence.
Schedule a Worry Session
We all have worries, but that’s no reason to worry incessantly all day long. Instead, give yourself a specific time to worry and stick to that. So, from 3 p.m. to 3:30, you can worry all you like. After that, your worry session is over and you can’t worry again until tomorrow. Obviously, this won’t work 100 percent. You’ll still worry a little bit, but by focusing it regularly, you’ll gain a better sense of control and learn to better manage your emotions.
The normal mental health tips, things such as seeing a professional or taking up yoga or meditation, are excellent ways to protect your mind. Try any or all of these tips to manage your mental health on a daily basis. With preparation, self-discipline, and some persistence, you can protect and improve your mental health now and long into the future.
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