It’s no secret that many people have experienced mental health challenges during the last two years. Times have been tough, and sometimes, it seems as though there are barriers or obstacles around every corner. Life isn’t always rosy, but there are ways to protect your mental health and boost well-being. Here are some simple tips to help you feel better.
Embrace regular exercise
Exercise is incredibly beneficial for physical health, but it’s also an amazing natural tonic for mental well-being. Leading an active lifestyle will lower the risk of a range of health conditions, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer, as well as anxiety and depression. Moving your body triggers the release of endorphins, known as happy hormones, and it also increases the levels of dopamine and serotonin in your brain. Regular exercise can help you to prevent or reduce stress, feel more confident and energised and enjoy better sleep quality. It’s important to understand that exercise doesn’t have to mean running for miles every day or going to the gym. There is a vast array of activities to choose from, including team sports, outdoor pursuits, walking, exercise classes and fun hobbies like dancing, trampolining and acrobatics.
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Explore your interests
How often do you make time to explore your interests or indulge your hobbies? Many of us lead hectic lives and between work and looking after kids or pets, we don’t have time for our passions. Try to manage your diary so that you have time for your hobbies, trying new things, learning and meeting new people. From art and photography classes and learning to bake or play an instrument to looking for an online Christian course or joining a sports club or a creative writing or meditation group, there is scope to explore new and existing interests. Having a hobby and making time for your passions can help to improve your well-being, making you feel happy, calm and less stressed.
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Identify what makes you happy
Everyone is unique and what makes one person happy may not necessarily be the same as what makes another feel content and uplifted. Social media and other people can make us feel like we have to do certain things or follow certain paths to achieve happiness. Resist the temptation to follow the crowds and focus on what makes you feel good. Perhaps you love being in nature, you enjoy travelling, or you feel happiest when you’re with your friends and family, or maybe you’d rather be at home chilling out than partying or being surrounded by people every weekend. Try to devote as much time as possible to activities, people or places that lift your spirits.
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It can be difficult to prevent stress and protect and nourish mental well-being when life gets hectic and there are obstacles to overcome. If you’re feeling frazzled, or you’re struggling to cope with stress, try these simple ways to boost your mental health. Embrace regular exercise, explore your interests and devote more time to the things that make you happy.