Every day, it seems like there's a new challenge or stressor that can overwhelm us if we're not in a place to handle it. And the truth is, many of us are not where we would like to be when it comes to our mental health.
It sometimes feels like there isn't enough time in the day to focus on ourselves. It's easy to put off
those things we know are good for us - like exercise or meditation - in favor of something more
enjoyable, like watching TV or sleeping in. We also don't tend to think about it until something goes
wrong. And by that point, we're so focused on "sucking it up" or "dealing with it" because we know
that's what we need to do to get by.
But life doesn't have to be a constant struggle or a game of catch-up. Prioritizing our mental health
doesn't mean we won't face challenging times. Instead, it means we can trust in the tools within us
when we need resilience or strength. Or if we're tired of living this one life we're given with subpar
happiness levels, we know we can do something about it.
Our small daily choices that haven't done much for, or even harmed, our mental health have added
up to where we are now. Thankfully, achieving a different and happier mental headspace also depends on small, daily choices - these add up, too!
Here are three small things you can do each day to help keep your mental health a priority!
Socialize with at least one person
Make time for socializing and human interaction. We are social creatures, and it's important to our
mental health to interact with others regularly. This doesn't have to mean going out to bars or attending big events - even just spending time talking with a roommate, friend, or family member can make a world of difference.
One of the quickest and easiest things you can do for a mental health boost is to get outside. Spend time in nature, breathe in some fresh air, and take in the sights and sounds. It's a great way to de-stress, recharge, and center yourself.
Not every day will be sunshine and rainbows, but we say the same about life, right? So challenge yourself with this. Even if it's raining or snowing, put on your jacket and at least step outside. Spend a few moments experiencing how different weather feels on your skin or when you take a breath in. Your mind and body will thank you, even on the most uninviting days.
Move your body for 30 minutes each day
We all know exercise is good for us, but it's especially important for our mental health. Exercise releases endorphins, which have mood-boosting effects. And even just a moderate amount of exercise can help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression.
You don't have to go all out at the gym - a brisk walk around the block or some yoga in your living room can make a big difference. Just get moving, and do what feels good for you. Because when our bodies feel good, it's much easier for our minds to follow suit!
Prioritize Your Mental Health This Summer
If you want to change your life for the better, it will take making different choices each day. What
better time to become more intentional about living your best life than the start of a new season? By making these small changes in our daily routines, we can see big improvements in our mental wellness.