Tips for improving your mental health

1. Keep track of thanks and accomplishments with a journal. Include 3 things you were thankful for and 3 things you were able to accomplish each day.

2. Start the day with a cup of coffee. Coffee consumption is associated with lower rates of depression. If you don’t drink coffee because of caffeine, try another good drink, like green tea.

3. An escape plan. It could be a camping trip with friends or a tropical trip. Planning a vacation and looking forward to something can increase your overall happiness by up to 8 weeks!

4, work on your strengths. Do something good to build your confidence and then deal with a difficult task.

5. Keep it cool for a good night’s sleep. The maximum temperature for sleeping is between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit.

6. “You don’t have to look at the whole ladder, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. Think of something in your life that you want to improve and find out what you can do to move in the right direction.

7. Experiment with a new recipe, write a poem, paint, or try a Pinterest project. Creative expression and general well-being are intertwined.

8. Show some love to someone in your life. Close and quality relationships are the key to a happy and healthy life.

9. Boost your mental health strength by treating yourself to a few pieces of dark chocolate every few days. The flavonoids, caffeine and theobromine in chocolate are thought to work together to improve alertness and mental abilities.

10. “There is no more pain in you than carrying an untold story.” – Maya Angelou If you have a personal experience of mental illness or recovery, please share them on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr with #mentalillnessfeelslike. See what other people are saying here.

11. Sometimes we don’t need to add new activities to get more happiness. We just need to absorb the happiness that we already have. Trying to be optimistic does not mean ignoring the most unpleasant aspects of life. This means focusing on the positive as much as possible.

12. Do you feel anxious? To help clear your mind, take a trip down memory lane and do some coloring for about 20 minutes. Choose a design that is geometric and slightly complex for best effect. See hundreds of free printable pages here.

13 Take time to laugh. Hang out with a funny friend, watch comedy, or watch cute videos online. Laughter helps reduce anxiety.

14. Get out of the network. Leave your smartphone at home for a day and disconnect from constant emails, alerts and other interruptions. Spend some fun face-to-face with someone.

15 Dance while doing housework. Not only will you do your homework, but dancing lowers cortisol (stress hormone) levels and increases endorphins.

16. Go ahead, Yan. Studies show that Jumna helps cool the brain and improves alertness and mental performance.

17. Rest in a warm bath once a week. Try adding Epsom salts to reduce aches and pains and help increase magnesium levels, which can be reduced by stress.

18. Is something bothering you? Put it all out on paper. Writing about disturbing experiences can reduce the symptoms of depression.

19. Spend time with a dear friend. Time stress with animals lowers the hormone cortisol and increases oxytocin, which stimulates feelings of happiness. If you do not have a pet, hang out with a friend who volunteers at the shelter.

20 “The things in front of us and behind us are the little things that are inside us. And when you bring into the world what is inside, there are miracles.” – Henry David Thoreau. Try these tips.

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