Improve Your Mental Health & Well-Being In 5 Steps
If you switch on the television, read a news article, or even listen to conversations in your local pub or coffee shop you will hear the phrase “mental Health”. I have become aware that an increasing number of sports professionals and celebrities have issued statements saying they are taking time out to concentrate on their own mental health.
During my years working as a qualified nurse, I saw the effects of poor mental health on a person’s physical health. The symptoms included weight gain, increased incidents of infection, heart problems and many more. So, what can you do to improve your mental health and your well-being?
Start by making connections with other people:
In a previous blog I talked about improving the conversation muscle, this is a great start but think of other things you can also do. Start a conversation with someone in a queue. Talk to a neighbour over the fence. Visit a family member, even when you don’t feel like it. What other ways to connect can you think of, I would love to hear your ideas.
Be physically active:
Before you groan and turn away, I don’t mean going to the gym, start by moving a little more, dance while cleaning the house. Get off the bus a stop earlier or park your car further away from the shops. Have you thought about inviting a friend to go for a walk outside? You could listen to the birds singing and enjoy a cup of coffee together, we all feel a little better when we get outside, don’t we?
Learn a new skill:
What have you always wanted to do or learn and just haven’t got around to doing? I’ve always wanted to learn another language, (I was useless at this during my school days) There are so many apps out there to learn new skills, what will you do?
Give to others:
Do you know someone who could benefit from a little support or help from you? It can be a really small thing, like opening a door for someone who is struggling or a bigger gesture such as volunteering or befriending. When you give something away you will be presently surprised at what comes back in return.
Be Present in the moment:
This is something I regularly hear myself saying to my grandson. He is constantly talking about when an event will happen, even when he is in the middle of a party or a film. He forgets to enjoy the current experience; this cannot be relived later. If you find yourself mentally wandering away from the movement, take a deep breath and ground yourself and really pay attention to what is happening around you.
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